is a wonderful octogonal ashtray dish from the 1950s-1970s featuring the Freesia re-designed by Walter Moorcroft of the famous Moorcroft
Pottery, Burslem, Stoke-On-Trent, England, founded by his father, William Moorcroft in the early 1900s.
Photo from our visit to Moocroft Pottery in 2006
center of the dish features the tubelined (slipstreamed)
freesia flower with its delicate red-orange, green, and brown
coloring on a "light flambe" (dark reddish) glaze background (for "freesia" see p. 149 of Moorcroft, Revised Edition
1897-1993 by Paul Atterbury.)
The bottom of the dish is
impress-marked "Moorcroft Made in England" .
The ashtray dish is in excellent condition with no chips,
restorations. The ashtray appears to have rarely, if ever, been used. There is no tobacco odor whatsoever.
Sold by DesertGold, 2012, $72