George II Silver Mazerine

Date: 1745

Maker: Paul De Lamerie

Country: England


A top quality antique silver strainer dish of oval form with a plain border. Excellent design and the quality you'd expect from this world famous English silversmith. Hand engraved to the centre with an armorial and the crest “Deo Regi Patria” for Duncombe impaling Campbell. The mazarine is designed to be used on top of an oval platter so that the decorative piercing would allow the juices to drain onto the platter below. To the reverse is inscribed the scratchweight 27=9 and the number “1” in script.

Weight 852 grams, 27.3 troy ounces.

Length 44.5cm, width 29.5cm.

London 1745.

Maker Paul de Lamerie.

Sterling silver.

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 entree 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.

Arms. Duncombe impaling Campbell, likely for Octavius Duncombe (1817-1879) and his wife. The motto "Deo Regi Patria” translates as "For God and Country"

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