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Superb & Extremely Rare Wedgwood 1933 Keith Murray Bronze Basalt 3991 Vase For Sale

Superb & Extremely Rare Wedgwood 1933 Keith Murray Bronze Basalt 3991 Vase

This isextremely rare.An exquisiteWedgwood Pottery,Keith Murray,Bronze BasaltVase,of tappering form with virtically reeded decoration, pattern number 3991,Circa 1933.This is thepremier and most collectable of all the Keith Murray pieces.It's thepottery piece everbody who collects keith Murrayis looking for...... why so collectable ..... rarecolour !!!!!

Basalt wares have been produced by Wedgwood since the 19th century, but it was in the 1930s that it was first used for Keith Murray shapes. Many of the wares were made by using the traditional techniques of being thrown and then finished off by turning and cutting on a lathe. Black and Bronze basalt vases are considered the most collectable pieces from the keith Murray range, with bronze being the rarer. They call the colour bronze basalt, which is basically a nice chocolate brown.

This vase is in wonderful original condition, no chips, cracks, hairlines, fleabites, dinks,or restoration,a very nice beautiful undamaged honest piece ofWedgwood, fabulous vase doeshave asome age related wear, commensurate with it's 80 years of age, nothing unusual.

The market value of these bronze basalt vases at present is£2000-£3000 in good condition.Adamaged bronze basalt 3991 vase sold at saleback in 2005 for £1200 .....a verygood investment (better than keeping your money in the bank).

The basehas theimprintedWedgwood mark,England stamped andthe red Keith Murray signature, as shown in photo 6.This piece of Wedgwood potterydates before 1940 because the base stamp changed to a circular Etruria KM Wedgwood, Made in England Barlaston stamp, when earthenware production transferred to Barlaston in 1940.

Keith Day Pearce Murray (5 July 1892 - 1981) was a New Zealand born architect and designer who worked as a ceramics, glass and metalware designer for Wedgwood in the 1930s and 1940s. He is considered one of the most influential designers of the Art deco style. Murray was born in the Auckland suburb of Mt Eden. His father, John Murray was from Scotland and his mother Lillian was from Nelson, New Zealand. The family emigrated to England when he was 14. He graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in 1921.His visits to exhibitions such as the 1925 Exposition in Paris, and the 1931 Exhibition of Swedish Industrial Art in London inspired Murray to seek out opportunities to design vases and tablewares for factory production, and as the depression of the early 1930s further reduced the demand for architecture he became a full-time designer. He worked as a freelance designer at Stevens & Williams of Brierley Hill in the West Midlands in 1932. The trial pieces were shown in London that year and the 'Keith Murray range' was produced. Between 1932 and 1939 he produced over 1200 designs though many were only issued in quantities of six or twelve. In 1932 he also began working 2–3 months a year for the Wedgwood pottery. His designs in metal were created for Mappin and Webb.

Most of his work was with vases, bowls and similar cylindrical ware, executed in a clean and restrained style with decoration often limited to deeply incised lines or smooth steps in the shape. The whole piece is usually one colour without applied decoration. From the beginning Murray's stature as a designer was recognised as every piece bore his signature above the prestigious Wedgwood mark. In 1936 Keith Murray was appointed architect in charge of designing the new Wedgwood factory at Barlaston Staffordshire. Following the war he returned to architecture and left the field of industrial design.

Keith Murray's work sold well at the time, and has now become increasingly sought after, as time has passed.

Dimensionsas follows ......

Height is8.5 inches or21.5 cm

Diameter attop7 inches or17.5 cm

Diameter at base 4 inches or 10 cm

Weight is1.09 kg or2lb 7ozs

Pattern shape is 3991

These stunningvases have become so very desirable / collectable and are appreciating in value ....... since being illustrated inStephen Johnson and George Perrott's, Keith Murray designer book, page 75.

If your a collector, then this is an exquisite piece to add to your collection, and if your a first time buyer,well you won't go far wrong, starting a collection, witha piece like this. This rare vaseis a stunning piece of Art Deco, architectural, design pottery.

It's a magnificent piece ofWedgwood pottery,a really beautiful eyecatching piece, you just can't fail to be impressed .....truely stunning.

Thisvery highly collectable / sought - aftervase that would make a superb gift. Pleasenote,my photo's aren't doing thisvase true justice.

Thevase will be carefully packaged and posted, recorded, special delivery with insurance.

Please note, all my international postal charges are only estimates and will be confirmed up or down, when I know the destination, items are being sent to. Please also note, I only charge actual costs of postage and packaging with insurance, no more.

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