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Probably 18th century. 8” by 9”, oil on canvass on a wood stretcher. The canvas secured by non-uniform (not machine made) tacks. The central device of a lion rampant on a white bar dexter, flanked by drapes and over crossed branches. Above, a lion rampant from a crown. Below, the cursive monogram, L I D. Armorials such as this were, used to identify seats and family boxes of nobles in churches and government assemblies. The reverse bears a fine cursive inscription, Leonara, on the left stretcher bar. This panel was probably salvaged from a bomb-damaged church or cathedral in Europe during WWII. The armorials are Continental European, not English. The dating is based on the cursives. This would be stunning in an antique frame.

Stock Number: FNS9446

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