Standing on split leaf acanthus
feet the Egg rises to a height of 7 inches.
Made in France of Limoges porcelain in a vibrant
deep blue with encrustations of 24 karat gold
as dividers creating 6 segments on both the
upper and lower portions of the Egg. Each segment
presents a ballerina in a classic position.
The Egg opens to reveal 3 dancing ballerinas
dressed in delicately colored tutus, individually
posed and all revolve as the music plays. The
figures stand on a 24 karat gold plated plinth
with a jeweled ball in the center. The underside
of the Egg houses the turnkey for the music
box which plays "Dancing Ballerina Waltz" by
Strauss, Limited Edition.
Our price: $4000.00.
In actual fact, the Ballet Russe was not founded
until 1932 and it's home was Monte Carlo.
The most prominent ballet company in Russia
during the time of Tsars Alexander III and
Nicholas II was the Mariinsky Ballet in St.
Petersburg. Originally the Imperial Russian
Ballet, when it moved to the Mariinsky Theater
the name was changed and it became the Mariinsky
Ballet with members of the corps being such
renowned dancers as Marie Taglioni, Olga Preobrajenska,
Mathilde Kschessinskaya, Anna Pavlova, Vaslav
Nijinsky, Tamara Karsavina, Michel Fokine,
George Balanchine, and Maria Danilova.
Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky went on to
be principle dancers for the Ballet Russe de
Monte Carlo. Georges Balanchine ultimately
became a founder and Director of the New York
City Ballet and was until his death the leading
classical choreographer in the United States
in the 20th century. In 1920 Mathilde Kschessinskaya,
the prima ballerina of the company, fled Russia
via Turkey and Italy finally arriving in Paris
where she lived with her husband and son and