A rare figured walnut Queen Anne – George I period lace box, circa 1700-1720.
The cross-grain banded ovolo moulded top is veneered in figured walnut consisting of an oval to the centre and a quadrant to each corner inlaid in holly.
The frieze is cross-grain moulded and veneered in figured walnut to the sides and the face which is inlaid with holy in a framed break-arch fashion and fitted with a gilt brass escutcheon and the original lock.
The curiously named ‘lace box’ or ‘bible box’ veneered in oyster cut hardwoods such as olive, Kingwood, walnut and marquetry were popular amongst the middle and higher classes of society from circa 1660-1700. This is a rare example dating between 1700-1710.