Pair of Russian Silver Salt Throne

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reference number: RS_041



height: 6.2 cm

master’s mark: Sazikov with the Imperial Warrant

assay’s mark: Cyrillic initials P.K. for an unidentified assay master active until 1876

assay mark of St. Petersburg, 1876

silver standard: 84 zolotnik

A pair of silver salt thrones in the Pan-Slavic design with trompe-l’œil lower part emulating tied wooden boards and a hinged lid decorated with a six-pointed star.


The firm of Sazikov was one of the most well-regarded jewellery firms of nineteenth-century Russia and one of the greatest innovators in the field. In 1837, Sazikov was appointed official purveyor of silverware to Tsar Nicholas I and in 1844 received the Imperial Warrant. The firm was famous for its tableware and objets de vertu in the Neo-Russian style. In addition to that, Sazikov’s firm produced figurative sculptural works, often representing historical or genre scenes, such as the sculptural group of Prince Dmitry Donskoy and his warriors resting under the tree after the Battle of Kulikovo – the prize-winner of the 1851 Great Exhibition in London. The sculpture was Sazikov’s answer to the historicist groups by Hunt & Roskell.

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