Important Silversmiths – Ignaty Sazikov
Ignaty Sazikov (in Russian: Игнатий Сазиков) is undoubtedly one of the most important Russian silversmiths and jewellers of all times.
Born in Moscow province in 1793, he moved with his family to Moscow where he was apprenticed to his father. At his father’s death in 1830, he inherited his workshop and opened a factory in St. Petersburg and a professional school for eighty goldsmiths and silversmiths. In 1846 the firm received the Imperial Warrant by Tsar Nicholas I, becoming official supplier of the Tsar.
The firm exhibited in several World Fairs: at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 Ignaty gained the gold medal and in 1867 he was awarded with the legion d’Honneur at the Exposition Universelle in Paris.
At his death, his two sons Pavel and Sergei took over the business and until 1887, when the company was sold to Khlebnikov.
The firm produced mainly tablewares and objects of vertu in Neo-Russian style as well as sculptural and figurative pieces representing historical themes or genre scenes.