Marie Antoinette faience puzzle character jug produced by Malicorne circa 1900. Marie Antoinette Josephe Jeanne (1755-1793) was the last Queen of France before the French Revolution. She was born an Archduchess of Austria, and was the penultimate child and youngest daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I. She became dauphine of France in May 1770 at age 14 upon her marriage to Louis-Auguste, heir apparent to the French throne. On May 10, 1774, her husband ascended the throne as Louis XVI and she became queen. On September 21, 1792, the monarchy was abolished. Marie Antoinette was put on trial in October 1793. She was convicted in two days by the Revolutionary Tribunal of high treason and executed by guillotine at the Place de la Revolution. The handle of the jug is a French dueling pistol which plays a part in the secret of the jug. This is called a puzzle jug because there is a secret to drinking from the jug without spilling water on oneself.