Antique George III Silver Serving Dish and Mazerine

Date: 1769

Maker: Sebastian & James Crespell

Country: England

Stock Number: 8556

An excellent Georgian sterling silver meat dish, or serving dish, of shaped oval form with an applied gadroon border. It's very rare to find an antique dish like this still complete with its original mazerine strainer. Hand engraved to one side of the platter and to the centre of the strainer with a hand engraved armorial. Marked number 17, this platter has come from a very large and important dinner service. Total weight 2984 grams (2409+575), 95.9 troy ounces. Platter length 51 cms, width 37.5 cms. Mazerine length 42 cms, width 28.5 cms. London 1769. Maker Sebastian James Crespell.

Literature: From the late 17th century large dinner services were made for the rich and noble dining tables. Originally comprising sets of dinner plates, chargers and serving dishes, later in the 18th century many other items were added including entrée dishes, tureens and sauce boats. From 1740 at least one dish with a detachable pierced strainer, known as a 'mazarine', would be supplied with each service; this type of dish was intended to hold such food as boiled fish.

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