18th Century Carved Wood Royal Coat of Arms

Exhibition Piece
18th Century Carved Wood Royal Coat of Arms
Circa 1780
An outstanding 18th century carved limewood and giltwood Royal Coat of Arms. Finely carved acanthus leaves surround the lion and the unicorn which flank a crown and an oval shield. The motto in French, of English monarchs, Dieu et mon Driot (God and my Right) the Order’s motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (shame on him who thinks evil).

Made possibly during the reign of Queen Anne - King George III

Royal Arms during the period 1714-1800 when, on the creation of the United Kingdom, the arms of the electorate of Hanover (which was not unified with the other realms and territories of George III) were removed from the fourth quarter and placed in an escutcheon of presence overall. At the same time the anachronistic claim to be King of France was at last abandoned and the use of the French coat of arms in the second quarter was discontinued.

Based on the heraldry alone it could as early as 1714 and as late as 1800.





Provenance
H.W. Keil Antiques. Broadway. Sir Jeremy Lever, collector.

Condition
Minor breaks in foliage. Old woodworm holes.

Signed/Inscribed
Dieu et mon Driot (God and my Right): Honi soit qui mal y pense (shame on him who thinks evil)

W
60.50cm
23.82 inches
H
53.00cm
20.87 inches
Origin
England
Medium
Limewood, giltwood
Reference
810065
£22,000.00

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