19th century silk embroidered crest depicting the coat of arms used by Greece during the Glucksburg dynasty (1863-1924), with banner below the shield emblazoned in Greek letters with the dynasty's motto, which translates as THE PEOPLE'S LOVE, MY STRENGTH. Worked in silk and metallic threads on blue silk background and housed in a giltwood frame, probably original. Chinese made for the export market (the silk background is lightly adhered to old Chinese newspaper, and the Heraclean figures flanking the crown exhibit Asian features). 23-1/2" x 20-1/2" sight, 26-1/2" x 23-1/2" framed. Circa 1875. Note: proceeds from the sale of this lot benefit St. Luke's Community Center, Nashville. Condition: Silk backing adhered to newspaper; several small tears and holes to silk background, most noticeably at upper center, embroidered crest in good condition. Light discoloration and fading. Frame regilded.
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