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Past Exhibition

Design for a Trembleuse (Digiuné)

Luigi Valadier (1726–1785)
Design for a Trembleuse (Digiuné), before 1762
Pen, brown ink, and brown and ocher wash on paper
13 1/8 × 9 3/8 in. (334 × 239 mm).
Private collection
Michael Bodycomb

A salver made to support two cups — one in porcelain for chocolate or coffee and the other in glass for water — and a dish for biscuits or cakes (in the middle) is known as a trembleuse and in Rome as a digiuné, from the French déjeuner (lunch or meal). With its free ornamental motifs and its lightness, the design of this trembleuse is French in style. The glass for water, on the left, is held by reeds, while the porcelain cup for coffee or chocolate, on the right, is supported by a metal decoration with small beans, which may be related to both exotic plants and drinks.