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Object Title

Grand Storehouse tympanum

Grand Storehouse tympanum

Date

1688-1691

Object Number

XVII.119

Provenance

The Old Tower Collection - formerly the property of the Board of Ordnance

Physical Description

Carved stone Tympanum of the Grand Storehouse. Central motif of coat of arms of William III within the garterbelt bearing the legend 'HONI.SOIT.QUI.MAL.Y.PENSE', and below on a riband 'JE MAIN TEN DRAY'. Flanked by rampant supporters consisting of crowned lion (very much of the genus pug) and chained unicorn and barred helmet with mantling supporting crest of crowned lion passant regardant above.
To either side extensive decorative trophies of materials of war including :
lion's side
fringed square guidons on parade flag poles, pair of kettledrums and trumpets, mortar on field carriage, bow, quiver and arrows, match-holder, flintlock muskets, swords of various types, staff weapons including pierced bladed halberd, cavalry breastplate and lobster -tail helmet, ordnance equipment including sponge and ladle, and pile of cannon balls some of which appear plugged.
Unicorn's side
side-drum and sticks, draped flags with spear topped flag poles, cannon on field carriage with powder barrel, decorative breastplate with picadil lower edge and plumed lobster-tail helmet, partisan with decorative knot beneath head, bundle of ?staff weapons, fife, various longarms, variety of swords, ammunition pouch, cartridge belt with decorative pouch and pendant powder flasks, pile of cannister/grape shot.

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Techniques

Carved

Materials

Associations

Places England

Notes

Transferred from XVIII.452, which was a duplicate number.

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