Ballerina in Blue Ornament

As evidenced by the dancing figures in Mrs. Gardner's collection (seen in works by Edgar DegasLouis Kronberg, and John Singer Sargent to name but a few), Mrs. Gardner was very taken with dancing of all kinds. 

Beautiful in blue en pointe, this ornament is sure to remind you of some of the dancers you may have enjoyed in the Palace! 

St. Nicolas specializes in bespoke handmade hanging decorations. For over 25 years, they worked with a small charity in Thailand that helps disadvantaged rural women find work in their community, rather than having to leave home. Today, some 200 skilled women work at home hand sewing the decorations and many have been doing so for more than ten years! 

As their business grew, more innovative designs were needed, so they began working with a partner in India. The Indian-made ornaments use the traditional method of zardozi embroidery, an intricate sewing technique that was developed to embellish courtly robes with gold wires and jewels. Zardozi work is rare, but because of the skill that is needed to create the ornaments, it continues to be handed down from generation to generation.