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MAZARINE

A mazarine is an oval pierced plate into a dish and is used in serving the fish. These drainers range in length from about 30 to 60 cm.
The origin of the term mazarine is uncertain, but is generally said not to be derived from Cardinal Mazarin, who died before such pieces were used.
The mazarine was made from the early years of the 18th century, but examples of any date are not plentiful.


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Usually the mazarine has a narrow rim to rest on the border of the accompanying dish and its principal surface is slightly sunken.

The pattern of the piercing offered scope to the designer and there was a considerable variation in those made.

Almost all of them included space for engraving a coat of arms, which occupied the central position.

There are also ceramic examples, known as "fish drainers"



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