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An Art Deco silver plated ice bucket, inner stand & tongs by Keith Murray for Mappin & Webb

This Art Deco silver plated ice bucket was designed by Keith Murray for Mappin & Webb and has its inner stand and tongs the ends of which are shaped like birds talons. The bucket is a more unusual shape and has has fixed handles but still has the typical Murray incised rings. Signed

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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