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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Keith Murray (New Zealand , 1892-1981), Bomb vase, c. 1930, executed by Wedgwood, of ovoid shape, matt green glaze, facsimile signature to base 'Keith Murray' with factory stamp 'Wedgwood, made in England', minor chip to body, height 18.5 c

Keith Murray (New Zealand , 1892-1981), vase, c. 1935, executed by Wedgwood, of squat shape with concentric circles to shoulder, matt green glaze, facsimile signature to base 'Keith Murray' with factory stamp 'Wedgwood, made in England, height

A good Keith Murray turquoise blue large vase, incised bands cut to the shoulder, circular printed 'KM' mark to the base. Diameter 27 cm Height 17 cm

Wedgwood Keith Murray lemonade/ale jug with five matching pint mugs and two half pint mugs

Wedgwood Keith Murray lemonade set jug with six mugs, matt straw glaze, printed marks

Wedgwood Keith Murray jardiniere 'Porridge glaze' with ribbed foot, printed marks, 21 cm height

Wedgwood Keith Murray shouldered tapered vase horizontal ribbed, matt straw glaze, printed marks, 28 cm height

Wedgwood Keith Murray compressed circular footed vase horizontal ribbed, matt green glaze, printed marks, 16 cm height

Wedgwood Keith Murray compressed circular vase horizontal ribbed, matt green glaze, printed marks, 17 cm height

Wedgwood Keith Murray spherical vase horizontal ribbed, matt green glaze, printed marks, 23 cm

Wedgwood Keith Murray spherical vase horizontal ribbed, matt straw glaze, printed marks, 21 cm height

Wedgwood Keith Murray flared vase white glaze, printed marks, c 1945, 16 cm height

Wedgwood Keith Murray 'Football' vase white matt glaze, printed marks, 16 cm

Keith Murray (New Zealand, 1892-1981), Bomb Vase, c. 1940, manufactured by Wedgwood, shape number 3765, matte green glaze, facsimile signature 'Keith Murray' and factory stamp 'Wedgwood, Made in England' to base, height 16 cm

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

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