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An Exceptional Blond Olive Oyster ‘lace-box’ Of Large Scale From The Reign Of Charles II, Circa 1675-1685.


£5,750 | $7,656 USD | €6,515 EUR
Item Number: SA715649
Date of manufacture: 17th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Alexander George Antiques Ltd.
This antique has been viewed 28 times in the past month with the most views from France.


This box is a showcase of the cabinetmaker's skill, with well-chosen oysters of olive from different size branches cut horizontally and placed in a book-matched pattern to create wonderful geometric shapes centred by an inlaid Tudor rose, roundels and further decorated with fleur-de-lis to the four corners all in holly.
Similarly, the cross-grain moulded and holly banded frieze is decorated in oysters of olive and inlaid with opposing fleur-de-lis. To the centre of the freeze is the most wonderful pierced 17th-century escutcheon with a putty mask.
The curiously named 'lace box' or 'bible box' veneered in oyster cut hardwoods such as olive and Kingwood were popular amongst the middle and higher classes of society from circa 1660-1700.
Literature: H. Cescinsky, English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century, London 1909, vol. I, p. 97, fig. 121.
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 17th Century.


Height = 15.5 cm (6.1")
Width = 59 cm (23.2")
Depth = 45.5 cm (17.9")

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Alexander George Antiques Ltd.
Buscot Manor
United Kingdom

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