A RARE PAIR OF LATE MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LIMESTONE LION FINIALS. CIRCA 1500-1520.
THIS RARE PAIR OF LIMESTONE FINIALS DEPICT CROUCHING LIONS HOLDING SHIELDS, THE SHIELDS WITH THE HERALDIC COAT OF ARMS OF THE BASSET FAMILY.
Early Origins of the Bassett family
The surname Bassett was first found in Staffordshire where the family traces back to Thurston, a Norman who held six hides of land in Drayton (known today as Dayton Bassett.) Thurston was the "paternal ancestor of several families of Basset, which rose to power and distinction very shortly after the Conquest. Ralph Basset [(died 1265)], the illustrious founder of their greatness, is said to have been raised by Henry I, from a lowly condition, and to have been 'exalted above earls and other eminent men.' True it is he was constituted Justice of England, and invested with the power of sitting in whatever court he pleased."
STOCK NO 1882.