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Past Exhibition

Design for a Trembleuse (Digiuné) with the Boncompagni and Chigi Heraldic Emblems

Luigi Valadier (1726–1785)
Design for a Trembleuse (Digiuné) with the Boncompagni and Chigi Heraldic Emblems, before 1762
Pen and brown ink, with gray, yellow, and brown wash, over graphite on paper
11 1/2 × 9 5/8 in. (293 × 244 mm)
Voena Collection

The decorative motifs in this design consist of small oak branches with a dragon nesting among them. These refer to the coats of arms of the Chigi (oak) and Boncompagni (dragon) families. It is likely that the trembleuse (now lost) was designed for Gaetano Boncompagni Ludovisi (1706–1777) and his wife Laura Chigi (1707–1792). This drawing shows the design for the object from the front and from above.