This very stylish Art Deco silver plated cocktail shaker with spout was designed by Keith Murray (1892 - 1981) for Mappin & Webb. The conical shape with incised circles is typical of Murray's metalware and ceramic designs. The underside of the shaker is marked 'Mappin & Webb Mappin Plate London Sheffield W28994 M.452
Height: 23.5cms - 9 1/4ins
Width: 18cms - 7ins
Weight: 710gms - 1lb 9 1/8oz
Keith Day Pearce Murray was born in New Zealand but came to England when he was 14. He qualified as an architect but turned his hand to illustrating before becoming a full time designer. He worked on a freelance basis for the glass makers Steven & Williams and then for Wedgwood pottery and his designs in metal were created for Mappin & Webb. In 1936 he was appointed architect in charge of designing Wedgwood's new factory in Burlaston and he returned to architecture after the war.
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