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A Russian silver & parcel gilt equestrian trophy cup, Ignatii Sazikov, St. Petersburg, circa 1860. The cup formed as a bucket with twisted handle resting on a horseshoe, the front set with a shaped shield engraved with the Latin initials MS or SM. Struck with maker’s mark, date, 84 silver standard, & the Cyrillic initials ЭБ of Petersburg district assaymaster Eduard Feodorovich Brandenberg, active 1850 to 1866. Height: 3 3/4 in. (not including handle) (9.5 cm). Gross weight: 404 grams.
Ignatii Pavlovich Sazikov (1793-1868) was the son of Pavel Sazikov (d. 1837), founder of the dynasty of Russian silversmiths. The firm of Sazikov, known to have existed as early as 1793, was one of the greatest innovators in the field of nineteenth-century Russian silver, being the first to collaborate with important contemporary sculptors & to produce designs in the Russian Style. They were longtime suppliers to the Imperial court & received the right to use the Imperial warrant with their mark in 1857.
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