James I oak carved overmantel

West Country, England

W 77 1/2 × H 93 1/4 × D 3

Stock # Marh511


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James I oak carved overmantel of the best quality. The upper section arranged with two main cartouche panels superbly carved with scrolls and with heraldic shields, the left with two carved lions passants guardants and initials A H 16, and the right hand side with three garbs (wheatsheaves) and initials M H 11. The two panels being flanked by three classical columns and two outer carved female figures with lion feet. The typical west county carved shell scrolled top rail with swags of fruit. The fire surround carved with strap work and a central shield with the initials AH MH (this shield is a replacement). Dated 1611. Provenance: Property of the Earl and Countess of Arran, Castle Hill House, Filleigh, North Devon. It is quite possible the coat of arms are that of James Hamilton 2nd marquess of Hamilton and 4th Earl of Arran and his wife the Hon. Margaret Hamilton (Kennedy) who held the title  from 1609 to 1643. In superb condition.