Luigi (1726–1785) or Giuseppe (1762–1839) Valadier
Soup Tureen with the Chigi Coat of Arms, ca. 1770–93
10 5/8 × 14 3/8 × 7 3/4 in. (27 × 36.5 × 19.5 cm)
This tureen is part of a large silver service created for Prince Sigismondo Chigi. After Luigi’s death, in 1785, the service was completed by his son, Giuseppe. The tureen’s design illustrates the similarity between the styles of father and son in the 1780s and 1790s. The supports, fashioned like lions’ paws, are close to Luigi’s designs, but the handles are more typical of Giuseppe’s style. The prominently engraved coat of arms emphasizes the Chigi patronage.