Frank Auerbach Head of E O W II 1964 Frank Auerbach courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

Museum-Quality Agate Carving of a Bear By Patrick Dreher, Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Photo courtesy Bonhams.

Northern European woodland animals figure prominently in the subject matter of German lapidary artists and the bear is certainly a favorite topic. This beautifully carved bear has a lustrous coat, and the full range of tonal qualities of the rich brown variegated agate have been utilized and made more scintillating through the fine detailing of his fur which reflects the light. His long tongue shows great transparency in the agate. The artist's sense of humor is apparent in that he has placed a "drop" of honey on his tongue, rendered in 18K yellow gold. The honey comb as well, is finely detailed and rendered in gold. This is a virtuoso carving suitable for the most discerning and serious collector of gemstone carvings. With monogram signature PD for Patrick Dreher. Height 3 3/4 in. Sold for US$ 21,250 (€15,382)

Offered in a custom-fitted suede covered box for ease of transport.

Bonhams. GEMS, MINERALS & LAPIDARY WORKS OF ART. Los Angeles. 10 Dec 2013 - www.bonhams.com