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Wine and Faberge eggs collide at Bellagio's gallery

Wine and Faberge eggs collide at Bellagio's gallery
Head to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art on the second Wednesday of the month for an art and wine event -- and a look at 238 Faberge pieces on display. (Paul T. Stocum)

The House of Faberge delighted the world with its collection of Easter eggs crafted for the czars of Russia.

Each was made as a royal gift, one a year, for Czar Alexander III to give his wife, Empress Maria Fedorovna, and later Nicholas II for his wife Empress Alexandra Fedorovna.

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Now the largest public collection outside of Russia finds a home at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art at the Las Vegas hotel-casino.

On the second Wednesday of the month, guests can wander through the gallery during "Art & Wine: A Perfect Pairing." During the event, guests drink wines from the Bellagio and hear intimate details on the 238 Faberge pieces on display.

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Jason Smith, Bellagio's director of wine and master sommelier, and Tarissa Tiberti, the gallery's executive director, lead the monthly art event.

The exhibition includes picture frames, bell pulls, umbrella and cane handles, jewel-encrusted brooches and miniature egg pendants as well as several of the Imperial eggs.

The Peter the Great Easter Egg from 1903 comes wrapped in gold, platinum, silver, diamonds and rubies. And the Imperial Tsesarevich Easter Egg from 1912 dazzles with its lapis lazuli and platinum exterior.

Be sure to check out the collection of fake "Fauxberge" objects, Faberge lookalikes once thought to be originals.

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The next art and wine event takes place 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 11. Others are scheduled March 11, April 8 and May 13 before the exhibit ends May 26.

Cost is $34 for members and $42 for non-members.

Info: Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, (702) 693-7871

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