The firm of Sazikov was one of the most well-regarded silversmiths and jewellery firms of nineteenth-century Russia and one of the greatest innovators in the field.
The firm was established in 1810 by the Moscow tradesman Pavel Fedorovich Sazikov (d. 1830). In 1837 it passed to his son Ignaty Pavlovich (1793-1868), who in 1842 opened a branch in St.Petersburg, and then to his grandsons Pavel Ignatyevich (1815-1856), Sergei Ignatyevich (1823-1880) and Valentin Ignatyevich (1830-1877). In 1837 the firm was appointed the official purveyor of silverware to Tsar Nicholas I, in 1844 received the Imperial Warrant. The firm existed until the beginning of 1887 when it was acquired by Khlebnikov (hyperlink).
In the latter half of the nineteenth century, Sazikov regularly exhibited at international exhibitions including the Pan-Russian Exhibitions of Art and Industry in Moscow (1835, 1853) and St.Petersburg (1849, 1861, 1865), Great Exhibition in London (1851, gold medal), Exposition Universelle in Paris (1867, Légion d’honneur), World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago (1893), won numerous awards.
The firm was famous for its tableware and objets de vertu in Neo-Russian style. In addition to that, Sazikov’s firm produced figurative, sculptural works, often representing historical themes or genre scenes, such as the sculptural group of Prince Dmitry Donskoy and his warriors resting under the tree with after the Battle of Kulikovo – the prize-winning of the Great Exhibition in London of 1851. The sculpture was Sazikov’s answer to the historicizing groups by Hunt & Roskell.
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