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Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA), the premier cultural destination on the Las Vegas Strip, has debuted its “Fabergé Revealed” exhibition.

Culture seekers and art lovers can view the exhibit through May 25, 2015.

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Organized in partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, “Fabergé Revealed” showcases 238 rare Fabergé artifacts. A part of the largest public collection of Fabergé outside of Russia, these treasures are synonymous with exquisite craftsmanship, impeccable taste and the rich history of the Russian imperial family from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Unique to this exhibition is a small collection of “Fauxbergé” objects – Fabergé look-alikes once believed to be originals.

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“Our guests will be fascinated by these treasured objects that not only encompass the beauty of art, but also tell one of the most powerful stories in history – the fall of the Russian imperial family,” said BGFA Executive Director Tarissa Tiberti. “Fabergé Revealed highlights each of the distinct styles displayed in the original House of Fabergé stores in St Petersburg, Moscow and London centuries ago.”

Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, the House of Fabergé produced more than 150,000 objects of art, jewels and silver articles – many of which were one of a kind with detailed design and artistry.

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“Fabergé Revealed” features signature pieces from Fabergé’s original collection, including the Imperial Pelican Easter Egg (1897), created to celebrate the Dowager Empress of Russia. The red-gold egg unfolds into eight oval frames graduated in size, each rimmed with pearls and inscribed with the names of the institutions that appear on the front. A pelican stands in a nest atop the egg and feeds her young, symbolizing maternal care.

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Tickets are $17; $14 for Nevada residents and seniors 65 and older; and $12 for students, teachers and military with valid ID. Children 12 and younger are free. Audio tours are included in the price of admission and complimentary docent tours are available daily at 2 p.m.

BGFA is open daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Last admissions are sold 30 minutes prior to closing.

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