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Luce vignette punch

Gutenberg created a hard metal punch with an upside down motif engraved in relief. The punch is pressed into a block of copper (matrix or mould) inside which a piece of type is cast by filling the mould with molten type-metal.
Louis-René Luce, Louis XV’s engraver, designed the Luce (or poetic type), derived from Grandjean. He also engraved countless vignettes made up of mobile elements enabling infinite ornamental combinations.

Paper press
Resin casting
MOU001

99 €