This fabulous pair of dishes are by Keith Murray for Mappin & Webb and were made in the 1930s. Each dish is designed as a miniature footed tazza. The round three tiered foot supports a shall concave top that has the typical 4 incised rings running round the outer raised edge. The base of one is marked 'Mappin & Webb Prince's Plate 418 W27702 Rd.772183" with an "R" in a shield shaped cartouche. The base of the other is marked "X Mappin & Webb Ltd W27702 R.312"
Total weight: 8.2ozs - 233gms
Height: 1.77ins - .4.5cms
Diameter: 4.65ins - 11.8cms
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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