A dazzling debut about the power of family and the pain of betrayal set within Manhattan's Fifth Avenue apartments, the opulent mansions of the new Moscow, and the pre-revolutionary palaces of Saint Petersburg.
Sasha Ozerovsky is a young expert in Russian art at Leighton's, an exclusive Manhattan auction house. When a dealer arrives from Moscow with an exquisite 1913 Fabergé figurine, Sasha immediately recognizes a rare masterpiece. But in the high stakes art world, the price of an object is tied to its history. If Sasha can determine for whom the bejeweled piece was made and where it has been hiding for the past century, its value and Sasha's career will soar.
But as Sasha moves between New York's high society and Russia's new rich, he discovers that the piece once belonged to his family, and he must face questions about their past that he never dared to ask.
Superbly plotted and evoking the elegance of Russia's gilded age, Object of Virtue is an enthralling tale that explores what happens to a family torn between vanity and virtue.
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About the Author
Nicholas B. A. Nicholson is an expert in Russian Decorative Arts. He was a specialist with Christie's Russian Works of Art Department and was the American Coordinating Curator of the blockbuster exhibition "Jewels of the Romanovs: Treasures from the Russian Imperial Court." He lives in New York City. Visit his website at www.nicholasbanicholson.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is awesome! If you like books that look at the art world and society, you'll like this book. If you like old Russia and the Romanovs, you'll really like this book! But if you like glamour, you'll LOVE this book! When is the movie? And have you seen how CUTE the author is????
Russian art expert His Highness Prince Alexander ¿Sasha¿ Ozerovsky learned about the art of his family¿s native country from his mother while growing up in New York. Currently he works at New York's premier small auction house, Leighton, hoping to find that rare item preferably a Faberge egg or at least a major Romanov piece. Dimitri Durakov insists on meeting with the ¿Prince¿ because he claims to have a Faberge original that has ties to Sasha¿s family. As Sasha tries to authenticate the item that is either a brilliant find or an incredible fake, his family sues alleging ownership. Sasha¿s boss Dr. Anne Holton places him on a leave of absence to avoid any hint of conflict of interest while the courts resolve the legal issue. Sasha journeys to Russia to see more of this private collection not realizing that he will run afoul of the Russian mob when he begins to determine that some of the items are brilliant forgeries. Though the details into the Faberge eggs and other Russian art are intriguing, entertaining and educational, this depth at times overwhelms the prime plot. Still OBJECT OF VIRTUE is an enjoyable art thriller that portrays a deep morality drama played on two stages. The key individuals such as the hero and his father struggle with personal desires vs. doing the right thing. On a greater scale they represent the country-wide trauma of the Old Russia and its heritage vs. the new Russia seeking a better place for its people. Insightful and well written, readers will appreciate this fine look at Russia through its art, past and present. Harriet Klausner
Nicholas B.A. Nicholson seems blessed with the ability to capture not only the world of fine art and auction, but the historical threads which make up the fabric of 'Old Russia.' Witty, funny, and artfully descriptive, 'Obect of Virtue' is truly that!
Having not been formally educated on Russian Culture and the work of Faberge, I was delighted to find myself addicted to this novel! It pays great attention to the detailed workmanship of Faberge and the luxurious lives of those who were proud owners. You will not get a wink of sleep until the last page has been read!