Learn about Murray, Keith

Keith Murray (1892 - 1981) was an architect and designer of pottery, glass and furniture who was born in Auckland, and educated in Auckland and London, and is considered one of the most influential designers of the early 20th century.

During World War I he served with the Royal Flying Corps, was mentioned in dispatches five times and awarded the Military Cross and the Belgian Croix de Guerre.

After the war, still in his mid-twenties he studied architecture and graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in 1921, but unable to find work in this field led him in the short term to become a magazine illustrator, and then in the early 1930s, a full time designer of vases and table wares.

He worked as a freelance designer at Stevens & Williams of Brierley Hill in the West Midlands in 1932 and the following year commenced designing on a part time basis for Wedgwood. He also created designs in metal for silversmiths, Mappin & Webb.

His first designs for Stevens & Williams, producers of high quality art glass, proved successful, and in the next seven years he produced over 1200 designs, each of which was produced in limited quantities. more...

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A pair of Wedgwood porcelain mantel vases, 20th century, by Keith Murray, stamped Wedgwood of Etruria & Barlaston, Made in Englan, Km, 20.5cm high

Keith Murray cut crystal vase, circa 1940, acid etched Keith Murray, 20 cm high

Keith Murray cut crystal vase, circa 1935, etched stamp Keith Murray S.W.Brierley, 25.5 cm high

A pair of Wedgwood cream porcelain candlesticks and ashtray, candlesticks stamped Wedgwood Etruria, ashtray stamped Wedgwood, Keith Murray, the candlesticks 7 cm high

Wedgwood 'April Green' porcelain dinner ware comprising a tureen, 2 dinner plates, 2 entree plates, 2 side plates and 2 bowls, circa 1938, by Keith Murray, stamped Wedgwood Etruria England April Green, tureen 29 cm across the handles

A Wedgwood yellow porcelain bowl, by Keith Murray, stamped Wedgwood of Etruria & Barlaston, Km, 10 cm high

A Wedgwood cream glazed fruit bowl, by Keith Murray, stamped Wedgwood of Etruria and Barlaston Made in England, Km, 11 cm high, 25 cm diameter

Three Wedgwood 'Matt Green' porcelain mugs, circa 1935, by Keith Murray, stamped Wedgwood Made in England, Keither Murray, 12.5 cm high

Five Wedgewood porcelain plates, circa 1938, by Keith Murray, stamped Wedgwood Made in England, Keith Murray, 21 cm diameter

Four Wedgwood green glazed mugs, by Keith Murray, stamped Wedgwood of Etruria & Barlaston, 12.5 cm high

A Wedgwood matt white spherical Art Deco vase, circa 1935, by Keith Murray, stamped Wedgewood Made in England, Km, 13 cm high

Two Keith Murray Wedgwood vases, 'Matt Green' and 'Matt Straw, stamped Wedgwood Made In England, Keith Murray, 15.5 cm high

A Wedgwood 'Matt Green' glazed Art Deco vase, circa 1935, by Keith Murray, stamped Wedgwood Made in England, Matt Green, Keith Murray, 16.5 cm high

A Wedgwood green glazed Art Deco vase, circa 1935, by Keith Murray, stamped Wedgwood Made in England, Keith Murray, 20 cm high

A Wedgwood green glazed Art Deco vase, circa 1935, by Keith Murray, stamped Wedgwood Made in England, Keith Murray, 23 cm high

A Wedgwood 'Matt Green' porcelain bowl, circa 1935, by Keith Murray, stamped Wedgwood Made in England, Matt Green, Keith Murray, 13 cm high, 25.5 cm diameter

A Wedgwood Keith Murray designed bowl, incised bands to the top rim and spreading cylindrical foot, gloss white glaze. Diameter 26 cm, printed ‘KM’ mark.

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, duck egg blue glaze vase, of tapering conical shape with ribbed bands, factory mark to base, diameter 23 cm

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, moonstone glazed vase, ovoid shape 3765 with ribbed bands, factory mark to the base, height 17 cm

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, an unusual mug, with rare decorated abstract floral decoration

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, demitasse coffee cup and saucer

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, tapering conical vase, (hairline crack), factory mark to the base, height 24 cm

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, two matt green glazed plates, with concentric banding, factory marks to the base of each, diameter 21 cm

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, rare Herron grey bowl, shape 3753 with concentric ribbed bands, factory mark to base, diameter 25 cm

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, spherical vase, with lathe turned bands in matt yellow glaze, printed KM and Wedgwood factory mark. Height 15.5 cm

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, tapering vase, in matt yellow glaze with foliate rim and sides, printed KM and Wedgwood factory mark. Height 23 cm

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, lemonade set, with cream glaze, comprising a tall jug and six mugs, printed KM and Wedgwood factory mark. Height 22.5 cm max

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, ceramic dish, with matt green glaze, impressed KM and Wedgwood mark to the base and in original box. Diameter 20.5 cm

Wedgwood Keith Murray moonstone glaze footed dish with a vertical ribbed effect, impressed marks & stamp to the base. Condition: good, minor staining, wear to the base. Height 12 cm

A Keith Murray large green glazed shoulder vase, tapered cylindrical form with conforming mildly tapered shoulder, lathe banded decoration, full signature maker's mark printed to the base, minor chip and glaze rubbing. Height 28 cm

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, tapering cylindrical vase (shape 3842), with lathe turned bands in moonstone. Height 23 cm

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, a pair of small goblets, matt green glaze.

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, squat ovoid vase, with lathe turned bands to the shoulder (shape 3820) in matt green glaze, Keith Murray signature and Wedgwood factory marks to the base. Height 18 cm width 29 cm

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, shoulder vase (shape 3805), in matt green glaze, Keith Murray signature and Wedgwood factory marks to the base. Height 28 cm

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, shoulder vase (shape 3805), in moonstone glaze, Keith Murray signature and Wedgwood factory marks to the base. Height 28 cm

A Keith Murray design bowl for Wedgwood, flared form with a single incised band to top rim, flared spreading circular foot, matt white glaze, printed blue mark to the base. Diameter 17 cm

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, tapering cylindrical high-shouldered moonstone vase, lathe-turned KM printed mark. Height 18 cm

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, five large mugs, with cream glaze. Height 12 cm

Keith Murray for Wedgwood, green glazed lidded biscuit barrel, marked. Height 13 cm

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