A La Vieille Russie has extended the exhibit Mechanical Wonders - The Sandoz Collection until December 10th. If you are in New York City, visit and take lots of photos! I'd love to see and hear your thoughts on the works. Brook S. Mason of Artnet (& a kabillion other publications) describes it "as the nationâ€™s most enticing decorative arts show" and "not to be missed".
All pieces: total luxury items!
ethiopian caterpillar: unsigned, attributable to the workshop of Henri Maillardet, Jaquet-Droz in Geneva, circa 1810. Extremely fine and rare 18K gold and enamel pearl and turquoise set caterpillar automaton, in red leather fitted box. info & photo from: http://www.wiglaf.org/~aaronm/watches/jaquet/tn/654.jpg.html
photo by Trude Fleischmann (use the link; very interesting back story on this photog)