This very elegant Art Deco silver plated muffin dish was designed by Keith Murray for Mappin & Webb in the 1930/40s. The lid is tiered with a black bakelite finial and the rim of the dish shaped base has the incised circles so typical of Murray's designs. The base has an removable internal plate. Hot water would have been poured into the base, the plate placed over it, the food placed on the plate and the lid placed over the food to keep in the warmth generated by the hot water beneath the plate. The base is signed "Triple Deposit Mappin & Webb Prince's Plate London & Sheffield" and has a stylised triskelion. There is a date letter "M" within a shield shaped cartouche which may be for 1941. The foot is also stamped "W27699" and "R195 Rd 772183". The initials "GJ" have been engraved on the base. Style, practicality and usefulness all in one lovely object. Use it for butter, muffins, crumpets cheese or how about caviar?!
Weight: 1lb 13 5/8oz - 838gms
Height: 14.5cms - 5 1/2ins
Diameter: 19.2cms - 7 1/2ins
Keith Day Pearce Murray
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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