A PAIR OF FRENCH BRONZE SERPENTS, FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY
An unusual and stylish pair of lamps in overall good condition and ready to place. One serpent missing its tongue and generally with minor old marks and scratches consistent with age and use.
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Ordre National des Pharmaciens, Paris
This pair of sinuous bronze serpents originally hung outside L’Ordre National des Pharmaciens, which moved from Square de Luynes, 7éme, to l'Hôtel Gaston Menier, av Ruysdaël, 8éme, in 1953, after which they were dismounted and at some stage converted to lamps.
The device of a snake entwined around the Bowl of Hygeiea, or the Rod of Asclepius, has been used as a symbol of the pharmacy profession since at least 1796, when it was used on a coin minted for the Parisian Society of Pharmacy, L’Ordre National des Pharmaciens.