Bejeweled Craftsmanship Opens at VMFA

“Faberge Revealed” has opened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.  The exhibition features more than 500 objects (actually 514 – but who’s counting?) crafted by Karl Faberge for the Russian imperial family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  5 of the 13 imperial eggs in the US are featured as well as a diamond-encrusted tiara, pink enameled clock, green enamel and god presentation box and other veritable treasures from the VMFA’s own Lilian Thomas Pratt collection, as well as from the collections of Matilda Giddings Gray of New Orleans and a private collection in Texas.

Exquisitely crafted of old-cut diamonds, gold, and platinum in 1900, the Leuchtenberg Tiara is on display at VMFA's "Faberge Revealed" exhibit until October 2 2011

You’ll even see the Nobel Ice Egg, a white enamel Easter Egg, commissioned by Dr. Emanuel Nobel, noted for the Nobel Foundation and the famous Nobel prizes.

Advance tickets are suggested. Tickets are FREE for museum members, children 6 and under, active duty military personnel and their immediate families. Normal Tickets are $15, or $12 for seniors 65 or over, students with ID, and youth 7 to 17.  TICKETS.

The exhibition opened July 8, 2011 and will continue through October 2, 2011. After the exhibition closes, the Faberge space will close for 18 to 24 months for expansion. So see “Faberge Revealed” now and catch VMFA’s permanent Faberge collection which is included.

Make your plans to view this special exhibition and take time out from your hectic schedule to explore all the collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, its new addition, and sample the fabulous food of their fine dining establishment AMUSE overlooking the sculpture garden. Since, depending on your pace, this will take an entire day – or maybe, two, book an overnight stay at the historic Fan District’s premier bed and breakfast before “Faberge Revealed” closes!

Additional Information about exhibition from STYLEWEEKLY, a local Richmond newspaper!

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