Ethiopian Caterpillar, a jewelled gold automaton 1810 Geneva.
Fully articulated caterpillar automaton by Henri Millardet, late 1700s. Gold, red and black vitreous enamel, split pearl and turquoise. This thing blows my mind.
<i></i><i>By Manfred Wild<br />Idar-Oberstein, Germany</i><br />A sculpture in miniature, carved from a single piece of bright and gemmy bi-color pink and green tourmaline from Pakistan , <i>weighing approximately 49.96 carats</i>, the eyes set with 0.02 carats of diamonds, mounted in 18K yellow gold, <i>signed M. Wild, length 1 5/8 in.</i><br /><i></i>
North India ~ probably Jaipur | Gemset gold enamelled bracelet | ca. mid 19th century | 3'500£ ~ sold (Oct '09)