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Royal Coat of Arms from Newby Hall c.1860


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A rare, enchanting and majestic scale carved polychromed timber Royal Coat of Arms depicting the Queen Victoria Coat of Arms (1837 to present day) c.1860.

This wonderful piece of heraldry is now patinated, sun-bleached and time-worn in deeply carved high relief, the Lion and Unicorn are reminiscent of much earlier carvings, full of expression and life.

With provenance from Newby Hall, near Ripon North Yorkshire, England.  Purchased by a Knaresborough based family with links to the antique trade in 1985 from the Newby Hall House sale after the hall was opened up as a heritage tourist attraction.  The present owners had decided to sell surplus items from private rooms which were not on show to the public, consisting of listed lots and 750 uncatalogued lots.
The Coat of Arms has remained with the Knaresborough family until we were fortunate enough to purchase it from them.

Newby Hall is renowned for its exquisite Georgian architecture, Robert Adam interiors and beautiful gardens and boasts a rich history.

Built in the 1690s by Sir Edward Blackett in the style of Sir Christopher Wren, the estate we see today was principally transformed by William Weddle in 1748.  A wealthy politician and art collector, Weddle set about created a Palladian masterpiece with the interiors designed by Robert Adam between 1767 - 1778.

The house contains some of the finest Neoclassical detail in Europe, with designs by artists including Joseph Rose, Antonio Zucchi, Angelica Kaufmann and Thomas Chippendale, with materials brought from Italy and France.

After Weddle died in 1792 he left the estate to Lord Grantham (subsequently known as Thomas de Grey) who in turn passed his title onto his nephew, George Robinson 1st Marquess of Ripon and 2nd Earl of Ripon, however he left Newby Hall to his daughter Lady Mary Gertrude Robinson who married Henry Vyner.

Lady Mary Vyner commissioned ‘High Victorian’ designer and visionary William Burges to build the Church of Christ the Consoler in the grounds in 1871-76 as a memorial to her son.
Most of the rooms were redecorated in the mid-late 19th Century, including the motto room by Lady Mary Vyner in 1857.

The present owners, the Compton family restored the property and are responsible to devoting attention to the garden.

In World War II Newby was reserved for the Royal Family in case of evacuation from London in a plan called the Coats Mission.

One of the most remarkable Coats of Arms we have ever seen and with provenance from one of the finest Country Houses in Britain.

  • Width: 148 cm (58.27″)
  • Height: 98 cm (38.58″)
  • Depth: 38 cm (14.96″)