Crowned salamander, symbol of Francois I, in silver, tinted ebony and 18 carat gold, by Goudji, French sculptor and goldsmith, b. 1941, gifted by the artist in 2007, in the Chateau Royal de Blois, built 13th - 17th century in Blois in the Loire Valley, Loir-et-Cher, Centre, France. The chateau has 564 rooms and 75 staircases and is listed as a historic monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Crowned salamander, symbol of Francois I, in silver, tinted ebony and 18 carat gold, by Goudji, French sculptor and goldsmith, b. 1941, gifted by the artist in 2007, in the Chateau Royal de Blois, built 13th - 17th century in Blois in the Loire Valley, Loir-et-Cher, Centre, France. The chateau has 564 rooms and 75 staircases and is listed as a historic monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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