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Superb Pair of Large C19h English Carved & painted Wooden Lion and Unicorn

A superb pair of large 19th century English carved and painted wooden sculptures of a Lion and a Unicorn retaining the original paint , with the words Dieu and Droit.
Part of the Coat of Arms of the united Kingdom.
Lovely quality carving with fine details, this great pair of wooden carvings will make a statement in most settings.

Dieu et mon droit ,which means ‘God and my right’,is the motto of the monarch of the United Kingdom. It appears on a scroll beneath the shield of the version of the coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The motto is said to have first been used by Richard I (1157–1199) as a battle cry and presumed to be a reference to his French ancestry (indeed he spoke French and Occitan but knew only basic English) and the concept of the divine right of the monarch to govern.It was adopted as the royal motto of England by King Henry V (1386–1422) with the phrase “and my right” referring to his claim by descent to the French crown

The motto is French for “God and my right”, meaning that the king is “Rex Angliae Dei gratia”:King of England by the grace of God. It is used to imply that the monarch of a nation has a God-given (divine) right to rule.
For the Royal coat of arms of the Kingdom of England to have a French rather than English motto was not unusual, given that Norman French was the primary language of the English Royal Court and ruling class following the rule of William the Conqueror of Normandy and later the Plantagenets. Another Old French phrase also appears in the full achievement of the Royal Arms. The motto of the Order of the Garter, Honi soit qui mal y pense (“Spurned be the one who thinks ill of it”), appears on a representation of a garter behind the shield. Modern French spelling has changed honi to honni, but the motto has not been updated.


Reference number



England 19th Century


Width: 50cm (19.7 inches)
Depth: 30cm (11.8 inches)
118cm High (Unicorn) x 112cm High (Lion)

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