Russian Silver-Gilt Tazza

Sazikov
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reference number: RS_020

1851

silver

height: 19 cm

maker’s mark: Cyrillic initials I.S. of Ignatiy Sazikov; incuse Cyrillic maker’s mark and crowned double-headed eagle Imperial warrant mark of Sazikov to detachable top

assay master’s mark: Latin initials A.M. of Alexander Mitin

assay mark of St.Petersburg, 1851

silver standard: 84 zolotnik

Parcel-gilt silver Presentation Tazza. The detachable parcel-gilt silver top features a border of fruiting vines, and a centre engraved with the Imperial double-headed eagle in a roundel with the Russian inscription State Prize for Trotting Horse-Breeding Stallions, 1849. The piece was then awarded at a slightly later date as a horse-racing prize and inscribed in Russian with the name of winning horse as well as the date of race: ‘Krolik’ (‘Rabbit’ in Russian) and ’28th February 1854′. The baluster column and capital is chased and decorated with fruiting vines on a shaped square base raised on four acanthus leaf feet.

 

The firm of Sazikov was one of the most well-regarded silversmith and jewelry firms of the nineteenth-century Russia and one of the greatest innovators in the field. 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.

 

The firm was famous for its tablewares 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.

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