December 22, 2021

A Sweet Treat


A Sweet Treat

“I didn't unstitch it. I carefully wiggled into the mortice – it didn’t work. I had to take it off. It was evident that it was not sewn up thoroughly, but somehow very lightly. I removed this thread, and something fell into my palm: something pinkish, irregular in shape. And for some reason, probably, the ancient instincts work – I licked the thing. "
 

Hermitage artist-restorer Galina Fedorova

On December 16, online news outlet Meduza reported that Fedorova found a rather ancient candy in the dress sleeve of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, sister of Tsar Nicholas II. The princess wore the dress to a ball at the Winter Palace; the candy is now kept in a metal ball next to the dress, although it is uncertain whether museum visitors will have the chance to view it (or taste it).

 

 

 

 

 

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