A 19th century and later gem-set and enamel salamander brooch. Estimate £4,000 - 6,000 (€5,500 - 8,300). Photo Bonhams.
Modelled as a green enamel salamander with cushion-shaped rubies along the back and collar, cabochon ruby eyes and a rose-cut diamond highlight to the head, the belly of striped golden and white enamel, suspended from a double-chain terminating in a white enamel plaque with an oval cabochon emerald at the centre and suspending two pearls, the whole suspended from a similar later plaque set with 3.5mm-3.9mm cultured pearls and cushion-shaped rubies,composite, length 8.6cm, cased by The Antique Porcelain Co. Ltd. of Bond Street
Bonhams. JEWELLERY, 13 May 2015 11:00 BST - LONDON, KNIGHTSBRIDGE