From Byron's Don Juan:

While this high post of honour's in abeyance,
For one or two days, reader, we request
You'll mount with our young hero the conveyance
Which wafted him from Petersburgh: the best
Barouche, which had the glory to display once
The fair czarina's autocratic crest,
When, a new lphigene, she went to Tauris,
Was given to her favourite, and now bore his.

What is the meaning of the last line? It gravels me. I don't understand what's going on there.

The crest symbol was given to the favorite of Catherine the Great? So that he could display it on his vehicles? But what is " .. and now bore his"? Now the barouche bore the coat of arms belonging to Don Juan's family?

I googled and found a footnote to "favorite", but that footnote does not explain the meaning of the line to me:

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  • Who is the editor "E" ? – kimchi lover Jan 20 '18 at 5:30

I think it means that Catherine's barouche, which bore her crest on her trip to the Crimea in 1787, was now Don Juan's and bore his crest. (The classical name of the Crimea was Tauris, which was visited by Iphigenia in a play by Euripides under somewhat different circumstances from Catherine's visit. To call Catherine a new Iphigenia seems absurd to me, but I lack imagination.)

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