Sazikov & Ovchinnikov Set of 6 Russian Faberge Enamel Cloisonné Silver Eggs from Early 20th Century
Exceptional set of 6 Easter eggs in silver and cloisonné enamel (two standing on ornate gilt bronze bases), in Faberge style with beautiful floral and other stylized motifs, all from the early 20th century. From left to right:
- Nikolay Alekseyev cloisonné enamel and 0.84 silver egg with red stars on a blue background with floral motifs across as well as at the top and bottom, standing on a gilt bronze base. The egg measures 2 1/2'' in height by 1 3/4'' in diameter and bears hallmarks as shown. Total height with the stand is 4 3/4''.
- Pavel Fedorovich Sazikov cloisonné enamel and 0.84 silver egg with floral motifs and hues of blue, green, and red. It measures 2 1/2'' in height by 2'' in diameter and bears hallmarks as shown.
- cloisonné enamel and 0.84 silver egg with red and blue floral motif including stylized floral motifs on adjoined pedestal base. It measures 3 3/4'' in height by 2'' in diameter and bears hallmarks.
- cloisonné enamel and 0.84 silver egg with red and blue floral motif including stylized floral motifs. It measures 2 1/4'' in height by 1 3/4'' in diameter and bears hallmarks.
- cloisonné enamel and 0.84 silver egg with red and blue floral motif including stylized floral motifs on adjoined pedestal base. It measures 4'' in height by 2'' in diameter and bears hallmarks.
- Pavel Ovchinnikov cloisonné enamel and 0.84 silver egg with red, blue, and green scrolled motif including stylized floral motifs, standing on a gilt bronze base. It measures 2 3/4'' in height by 2'' in diameter and bears hallmarks as shown. Total height with the stand is 4 7/8''.
Total silver weight is 17.5 troy ounces = 544.31 grams.
Moscow-Petersburg jewelry Sazikov firm was established in Moscow in 1793. In 1810, he founded a factory that produced silverware and a shop for selling jewelry. In the middle of the 19th century, Ivan, the son of the founder, gained the fame of an outstanding jeweler. He consciously dedicated his life to his father’s business. He traveled abroad, where he studied the aspects of precious metal products’ manufacturing. He was among the pioneers who organized a special department for studying various jewelry qualifications for 80 persons in Russia as well. Ivan Sazikov invited famous sculptors and painters for the participation in his projects and creation of new models. Ivan Vitali, Peter Clodt von and Fedor Solntsev were among them. Constantly expanding the production, in 1842, Sazikov opened the firm branch in St. Petersburg. By the middle of the 19th century, the Company was considered one of the best in Russia, being the ancestor of the Russian style in the jewelry art. It was awarded with honorary diplomas, small and large gold medals of in the All-Russian Art Industrial Exhibition in 1835, 1849, 1853, 1861, 1865, as well as a large gold medal and the Honorary Legion Order for international exhibitions in London in 1851 and in 1867 in Paris. After Ivan Sazikov died in 1868, his sons inherited his business. The Sazikovs’ shops and factories existed until 1887. Later Ivan Khlebnikov's firm acquired them.
Pavel Ovchinnikov was one of the most famous Russian silversmiths of his time and an exceptional businessman. He was born in Moscow province in 1830, from a family of modest origins: his father was a serf. Nevertheless, Pavel was sent to study in Moscow by Prince Dimitri Volkonski, where he was apprenticed in a jewelry shop. In 1850 he gained his freedom and three years later he founded his own workshop. In his factory he employed more than a hundred men, and in 1865 he was appointed Court supplier to the future Tzar Alexander III. His works were exhibited at the Pan-Russian manufacturing exhibition in 1865 where he won the gold medal and at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1867. Few years later he was appointed court supplier by the King of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II and the king of Denmark Christian IX. In 1873 Ovchinnikov opened a branch in St. Petersburg and by 1881 over three hundred people were working for the firm. Pavel died in 1888 and his sons Mikhail, Alexander, Pavel and Nikolai took over the company until 1917, when the firm ceased trading due to the outbreak of the Russian Revolution. Ovchinnikov is particularly famous for his fine enamel works: he developed different processing techniques (cloisonné, champleé and on watermark) giving them prestige and popularity all over Europe. Nowadays his works are represented at the most important international museums and royal collections.
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