Lapidary and Bone-carving Art Items

Gold Box “The Crab”

    Gold Box “The Crab”

    Germany, Idar-Oberstein

    Mid 20th century

    Wild, Manfred, Emile Becker firm

    Ruby, gold 18K, sapphires-cabochons, diamonds, Russian obsidian; carving, finishing, polishing, assembling

    Height 11.5 cm, pedestal 25 x 23 cm, Gross weight 3496 gr

    Signatures: firm - "EB OHG"; master's - "M.Wild"; gold alloy "750"


    The crab’s body is formed of a massive ruby. Two cabochon sapphires form the eyes which when pressed, open the hinged lid of the box to reveal a smooth polished interior in which the distinct hexagonal structure of the ruby crystal is visible. The articulated claws (there are actually springs inside which assist them in opening and closing) are formed of 18K yellow gold and pavé-set with 257 brilliant-cut diamonds, mounted in 18K yellow gold. All eight legs have movable articulations to assist in adjusting the position of the crab. The composition is raised on an oval plinth base carved of gray-black Russian obsidian.