This extremely elegant Art Deco silver plated footed tazza is by Keith Murray for Mappin & Webb. The foot is in three graduated tiers leading to the top section. The top section has an outer polished section in the middle of which are four incised lines running around the rim. The top then drops down to the slightly concave section with a martelé surface. The silver plated handle has four incised lines running its full length and the handle is attached to the top with round rivets enabling it to move up and down. The underside of the foot is stamped "Mappin & Webb Prince's Plate London & Sheffield" with the letter "N" in a shield shaped cartouche beneath. Above this is stamped "Triple Deposit" with an emblem. It is also stamped 'W28341' & 'M931'.
Weight: 1lb 51/8ozs - 596gms
Height: 2.52ins - 6.4cms
Diameter: 9.57ins - 24.3cms
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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