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A Fine William and Mary 17th-Century Olive Oyster Lace Box

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A Fine William and Mary 17th-Century Olive Oyster Lace Box

A Fine Late 17th Century Olive Oyster ‘Lace Box’ of Small Proportions. Circa 1680-1690 England.

The cross-grain moulded and holly banded top is finely veneered in hand-cut pieces of olive cut horizontally, known as ‘olive oyster veneering’. A roundel using this technique is placed in the centre of the top, bordered with a line stringing of holly, a further outer ring of oysters is also line strung and four large oysters sit to each corner. Raised on its original slot hinges, the cleated top appears to retain the original red japanned interior as does the base.

Similarly, the cross-grain moulded frieze is veneered in olive to the sides and face but, this time, hand-cut sections of figured olive. The back is veneered in lacewood. Raised on its original slot hinges the cleated top appears to retain the original red japanned interior as does the base.

Condition

Good. Wear consistent with age and use. Truly outstanding and original. Lovely colour and patination throughout.

Dimensions

Height: 3.15 in. (8 cm)
Width: 11.82 in. (30 cm)
Depth: 9.85 in. (25 cm)

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