Intertwined vipers. Printer's shop sign from a vault keystone.
16th c French Renaissance (Northern) Sculpture
FRENCH RENAISSANCE Anonymous
(active c. 1500 - 1600)
Lyon. Musee Gadagne.
The symbol of two intertwined vipers was the mark of printer Jean de Tournes (1504-1564) and was carved in the doorway of his atelier in on Rue Raison in Lyon. After de Tournes died his son and successor moved the business to Geneva. Guichard Jullieron (act. from 1576) purchased the house for his printing business and found the old sign. He decided to have a new one carved with the same symbol of the intertwined vipers.
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