A fine and rare Charles II / William and Mary 17th-century olive oyster lace box of small proportions with parquetry star inlay. C.1670-1700. 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’.
To the centre, a roundel of olive oysters boarders a parquetry star of box and ebony.
Similarly, the cross-grain moulded frieze is veneered in figured olive to the sides and face. The back is veneered in olive ash.