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Event Date: March 27, 6pm, 2014

 

Nicholas Nicholson, Authority on Russian fine and decorative arts to speak at the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA

 

Nicholas Nicholson's lecture is entitled Jewels of the Romanovs. He is the guest speaker at the members and press opening of the upcoming exhibition, The Tsars’ Cabinet. The event is held March 27, 2014 at 6pm, at the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA.

Compotier from the Coalport Service, Hard-paste porcelain. c. 1845. Coalport Factory  

The Durnovo Casket (and detail), Silver gilt, enamel and lapis lazuli, 1889, Firm of Ovchinnikov, Russia. Photo © Giovanni Lundardi Photography

 


Nicholas Nicholson's lecture is entitled Jewels of the Romanovs. The event is held March 27, 2014 at 6pm, at the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA.

Clinton, Massachusetts (March 18, 2014) - Nicholas Nicholson, authority on Russian fine art (18th C. – 1918) Russian decorative arts, Russian imperial ephemera and Russian furniture, is the guest speaker at the members’ and press opening of the upcoming exhibition, The Tsars’ Cabinet, on loan from the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary. His lecture is entitled Jewels of the Romanovs. The event is held March 27, 6pm, 2014 at the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA.

 

Jewels and jeweled objects played a major part both in Russian Imperial ceremonials, and in the private lives of the Romanov family. Nicholson examines the art of jewelry and jewelry collecting in Russia from Peter the Great's formation of the "Diamond Chamber" and the organization of the Crown Jewels, to the creations of the vast private collections of the Imperial family, including works by Russian jewelers.

 

A native New Yorker, Nicholas Nicholson first visited the Soviet Union in the 1980’s where he developed his interest in Russian fine and decorative arts. He studied art history and Slavic studies at Kenyon College and graduated in 1991.
 
Mr. Nicholson joined Christie's Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts department as a graduate trainee, and was involved in the cataloguing and sale of the property of Alice Tully, Bernheimer & Co., and Rudolf Nureyev, among others. He then joined Christie's New York Russian Department as “Specialist” in 1994 and sold important property from Landsell Christie, Jane Englehardt, and Frank Sinatra, as well as participating in the landmark sale of the Fabergé Imperial 25th Anniversary Clock.
 
Mr. Nicholson left Christie's to become the American Curator of Jewels of the Romanovs; Treasures from the Russian Imperial Court an exhibition of works from five Russian lending institutions, including a selection of the Imperial Crown Jewels from the State Diamond Fund of the Russian Federation. The exhibition toured the US for two years, during which time the expert became a popular lecturer on Russian topics. In 1999, Mr. Nicholson joined an internet-based art location and advisory services and in 2008 started his own firm, Nicholson Art Advisory.

 

 

Campana Urns Illustrating the Arts, Hard-paste porcelain, c. 1845, Imperial Porcelain Factory, Russia  


Mr. Nicholson has been an expert for online auction house Auctionata since 2013, and continues to do appraisals, research, and advisory work for individuals and institutions ranging from the Metropolitan Museum to the Russian Orthodox Church. While Mr. Nicholson is considered an expert on decorative objects from the "almaznii vek" or the Russian "Diamond Age" (1780-1810), his interests and expertise are broad and cover such diverse areas as French furniture, porcelain, Tiffany silver and 20th century jewelry; he is also a published novelist and translator.
 
The Museum of Russian Icons collection of more than 700 Russian icons and artifacts is the largest of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections outside Russia. Spanning six centuries, the compendium includes important historical paintings dating from the earliest periods of icon “writing” to the present. The Museum was founded in 2006 as a nonprofit educational institution by Massachusetts industrialist, philanthropist and art collector, Gordon B. Lankton.
 

There is a fee for the lecture and advance registration recommended: Tickets: $7 for members, $10 for non-members. Advance ticket purchase with credit card is recommended at (978) 598-5000.

 

Regular Museum Admission: $7 for members, $5 for seniors (59 and over),  $2 for students (with ID) & children (3-17), children under 3 free.

 

The Museum of Russian Icons is located at 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA.

 

Visit www.museumofrussianicons.org or http://museumofrussianicons.org/en/visit/what-s-happening/events-calendar/lecture-jewels-of-the-romanovs/?eID=22040 

 

 

See Related Release:

The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs at the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, Massachusetts

 

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Phone: 978-598-5000

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Museum Of Russian Icons

203 Union Street, Clinton, Massachusetts, 01510

Web: www.museumofrussianicons.org

 

 

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Nicholas Nicholson, Authority on Russian fine and decorative arts to speak at the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA

Clinton, Massachusetts - Nicholas Nicholson, authority on Russian fine art (18th C. – 1918) Russian decorative arts, Russian imperial ephemera and Russian furniture, is the guest speaker at the members’ and press opening of the upcoming exhibition, The Tsars’ Cabinet, on loan from the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary. His lecture is entitled Jewels of the Romanovs. The event is held March 27, 6pm, 2014 at the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA. There is a fee for the lecture and advance registration recommended: Tickets: $7 for members, $10 for non-members. Advance ticket purchase with credit card is recommended at (978) 598-5000.  The Museum of Russian Icons is located at 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA.  The Museum of Russian Icons collection of more than 700 Russian icons and artifacts is the largest of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections outside Russia. Spanning six centuries, the compendium includes important historical paintings dating from the earliest periods of icon “writing” to the present. Visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.  

 

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