Circa: 1950 Country of Origin: Japan Manufacturer: Mid Century Japan Import
An unusual 1950s smoker type novelty figural pottery ashtray depicting a big eared pixie elf face with mouth wide open in a laugh, his green eyes turned up to look at a gold butterfly on his forehead. When a lit cigarette is placed on the rest in his open mouth, smoke comes out the pixie's ears and head.
The ashtray is about 5 inches long by 3 inches high. There is some minor wear to the red paint at the back sides of the pointed hat, and the butterfly has white wing edges where the gold paint didn't extend). There are no chips, flakes, or damage. It's spotlessly clean with no odors and does not appear to have been used as an ashtray at all. The underside is marked Japan.