Fruits de Provence
From Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama:
Away went the 13 chefs and 5 assistants of the Grand Pantry; away went the 20 royal cup bearers (not to be confused with the 4
carriers of the royal wine), the 16 "hasteners" of the royal roast, platoons of tasters, battalions of candle snuffers, brigades of salt
passers and (most regrettably) hte 10 aides speciaux for the fruits de Provence... Louis XVI seemed delighted. "I wish to put order and
economy in every part of my household," he told one of those courtiers, the Duc de Coigny, "and those who have anything to say
against it I will crush like this glass." At this point, the King threw a goblet to the floor for dramatic emphasis, prompting the
satisfactory response from the Duc that "It is perhaps better to be nibbled than smashed."