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Nicholas B. A. Nicholson serves as Senior Vice President, Division Head of American & European Furniture & Decorative Arts. He also leads the English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts department at Freeman’s, which includes silver, objets de vertu, and Russian works of art.
Mr. Nicholson comes to Freeman’s with more than 20 years of auction and art advisory experience and has worked with private collectors, international museums, institutions, and independent appraisal firms. While he is considered an expert on Russian works of art, his background, interests, and expertise are broad and cover such diverse areas as American neoclassicism, Tiffany silver, and 20th century jewelry, among others.
He began his career working for a premier dealer in continental furniture and decorative arts. He joined Christie’s Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts department in the early 1990s, where he was involved in the cataloguing and auctions of Alice Tully, Bernheimer & Co., and Rudolf Nureyev. He was quickly promoted to specialist within Christie’s New York Russian Department and sold important Russian works from the estates of Landsell Christie, Jane Englehardt and Frank Sinatra. He also participated in the landmark sale of the Fabergé Imperial 25th Anniversary Clock, which set auction records for Fabergé, clocks, and silver. Following Christie’s, Nicholson became the American Curator of "Jewels of the Romanovs; Treasures from the Russian Imperial Court," a touring 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. By the end of the decade, Nicholson joined an online art advisory firm and later opened his own, Nicholson Art Advisory.