(1726 – 1785)
A Trembleuse with a Beaker and Cup, and a detail of the stand with alternatives, in rococo style
Pen and dark brown ink with washes in shades of brown and ochre
Signed in brown ink Luigi Valadier argentiere a S. Luigi de Francesi
The drawing can be securely dated between 1760, when Luigi Valadier was accepted as a master silversmith, thus entitling him to use the term argentiere, and 1763, when he gave up his residence at San Luigi dei Francesi, moving to Via del Babuino where he was to remain for the rest of his life.
Trembleuse stands such as this were intended for individual use, for serving either chocolate or coffee – in this case the porcelain cup is shown full to the brim with chocolate; the other holder contains a decorated glass beaker which would have been for water. The yellow wash suggests that the trembleuse was to be made in silver gilt. A surviving Roman silver example, by the goldsmith Filippo Maria Gondi, is illustrated by González-Palacios, 1984, fig. 315. The present drawing is not only useful as an example of Luigi Valadier’s signature and handwriting, but because it gives us a good view of his use of wash and the personal style of hatching he employs to mark contours, important elements in recognizing other autograph drawings.
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Valadier, 1991, p. 170, no. 19c; Fuhring, 1991, p. 472, fig. 50; L’Oro diValadier, 1997, pp. 189-190, no. 65, col. pl.XXV
Inv. 19c (Album