A fine and rare 17th-century William and Mary period olive oyster lace box of perfect proportions. 1680-1700, England
The cross-grain moulded top is entirely covered in well-placed oyster of olive in geometric patterns, inlaid with a central motif and quadrants, opening to a framed interior of olive and baized lined. Similarly, the cross-grain moulded frieze is veneered in figured olive.
The box is in superb condition and of good colour, mellowing over centuries to a lovely patinated finish.