China | Collection of gilt metal and Kingfisher feather earrings; comprising eight pairs and a further six single earrings, each with articulated hanging designs, variously decorated with flowers, insects, birds and animals, 9cm max | Qing Dynasty | 2'600£ ~ sold (May '15)
Bees from the tomb of Merovingian king Childeric I, 481 A. When the tomb was opened in 300 golden bees were found. Napoleon was then inspired to adorn his velvet coronation robe with 300 embroidered golden bees. Now, only these two remain.