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Fèves

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Complete series of Berlioz fèves

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See also Georges Dupré’s plaquettes

 

See also Berlioz family home and Museum

* Fèves are hand painted porcelain or ceramic figurines that originate in France. They are made to be put inside an Epiphany Cake, or King Cake (Gâteau de Roi) for the Epiphany Festival (La fête de l’épiphanie ou fête des rois), which is celebrated on 6 January. A long running tradition in France is to bake a special cake for this occasion, and insert in it a bean (fève). The person who finds the bean in his or her slice, is king/queen for the day and selects her/his queen or king. Nowadays this bean is replaced by a ceramic or porcelain figure. The fèves are small at one inch or less in size.

 

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