This fabulous pair of silver plated nut 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 small concave top that has the typical incised rings running round the outer raised edge. The bases of both dishes are marked "Mappin & Webb Ltd W27702 B3871"
Total weight: 8.3ozs - 236gms
Height: 1.77ins - .4.5cms
Diameter: 4.72ins - 12cms
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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