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The lion is a common charge in heraldry, symbolizing bravery, valour, strength, and royalty, since it is traditionally regarded as the king of beasts. The fleur-de-Lys (flower of lily) is an heraldic representation of an iris or garden lily. It was the armorial bearing of the Kings of France from 1147 and was also borne by some English families. The fleur-de-lys is a cadency mark for the sixth son.
These striking shields are finely, gilded, showing the small detail such as whiskers and hairy coats, and scrollwork on the fleur-de-lys. The lions are very characterful with their elegant poses, large manes, curling tongues and tails, and large paws and claws. It is not known where these shields originally came from as they have been in the same family for many years, but they would have most likely been hung high as a pair over doorways in a room, or above or either side of a fireplace for maximum impact giving gravitas to the room. I am currently researching these shields, which I have only just purchased, as it is very unusual to see the lion depicted as the primary charge.
|Height||73.00 cm||(28.74 inches)|
|Width||43.00 cm||(16.93 inches)|
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