Object of Virtue: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 15, 2004 - Fiction - 304 pages
6 Reviews
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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Review: Object of Virtue: A Novel

User Review  - Margery Walshaw - Goodreads

Lovers of historical fiction and fine art will thoroughly enjoy this book as it details the world of the Russian Romanovs and the House of Faberge. Read full review

Review: Object of Virtue: A Novel

User Review  - Mara - Goodreads

I liked the plot, which focused on the mysterious provenance of a Faberge figurine. A slow beginning, but interesting details about Russian history. Felt very rushed at times, but I liked this book. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
18
Section 4
29
Section 5
32
Section 6
37
Section 7
44
Section 8
54
Section 18
146
Section 19
152
Section 20
159
Section 21
172
Section 22
185
Section 23
195
Section 24
215
Section 25
230

Section 9
63
Section 10
70
Section 11
82
Section 12
85
Section 13
92
Section 14
105
Section 15
117
Section 16
128
Section 17
137
Section 26
238
Section 27
252
Section 28
259
Section 29
265
Section 30
272
Section 31
277
Section 32
287
Section 33
289
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About the author (2004)

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.

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