Limoges Ballerina with Ballet Shoes

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Item: 10067375


Limoges Ballerina with Ballet Shoes

Handcrafted and hand-painted in France, this Limoges porcelain box was created especially for the Met Opera Shop. It features a ballerina in a pink tutu sitting on top of a round box with a hinged lid which can be opened. Inside is a pair of white porcelain ballet shoes. The box was inspired by the dance and ballet performances on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.

Originally Limoges boxes were created to hold snuff and candies. Later they became a fashion statement and an indication of social status with the European aristocracy. Today they are used to mark life’s special occasions or collected as objects of lasting beauty. Each piece is trimmed with 22K gold and made in Limoges, France.

A Met Opera Shop Exclusive

  • Porcelain
  • 22K gold trim
  • Hinged lid
  • 2.25” W x 3.25” H x 2.25” D
  • Handmade in Limoges, France

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In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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