Trembleuse with enamel decoration of a rose, a wild hyacinthus and other flowers.
Miotti factory, Venice, circa 1730-35
Height: cup: 7.5 cm
Diameter saucer: 12,0 cm
Height saucer: 3,0 cm
This trembleuse of white glass with enameled flowers is a very rare example of the glasses made by the Miotti family. This Venetian family of glassblowers owned a glass factory at Murano, Al Giesù Murano (At the sign of Jezus, Murano). They were well known for their white glasses imitating Chinese porcelain that were decorated with enamels, mostly with flowers and birds. The Miotti also made a series of white plates with views of Venice. These were bought as souvenirs, especially by the English, who, back home, put them on show in their mansions. For example the Vyne (Basingstoke, Hampshire) shows a series of the plates. Because of its provenance it is most likely that also this trembleuse was bought as a souvenir by an English nobleman during his visit in Venice.
A trembleuse is a cup in such a deep saucer, that it is safe to carry around even if one would tremble.