This wonderful silver plated tazza was designed by Keith Murray for Mappin & Webb. it has a shallow round foot leading to a slightly concave top that has two incised lines around the outer edge with an inner abstract incised design reminiscent of birds in flight. The base is signed "Mappin & Webb Ltd" in script with a trademark above and the words "Mappin Plate London & Sheffield" below followed by the letter "C" in a shield shaped cartouche and "W28609" and "B.3889" beneath the cartouche.
Weight: 1lb 2 5/8ozs - 527gms
Height: 1.18ins - 3cms
Diameter: 9.25ins - 23.5cms
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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