A Fine and Rare 17th Century English Carved and Polychrome Coat of Arms
The crest, of a crowned lion, standing on a royal crown, flanked by scrolling leaves, and above the Royal Coat of Arms of England, surrounded by a buckled garter with the motto “Honi soit qui mal y pense” (Evil (or shame) be to him that evil thinks), supported by a crowned lion and a unicorn, beneath whose forelegs is the Tudor rose and Scottish thistle. The lion and unicorn stand on a banner, with Elizabeth I’s motto “Semper eadem” (Ever (or always) the same).
A most interesting and highly decorative coat of arms, showing the Order of the Garter. The carving and polychrome decoration in lovely untouched condition.
English, circa 1690-1710.
Width 24 inches, height 25 inches.