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Winter: C.3035B-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)




Factory: Longton Hall Porcelain Manufactory
Proprietor: William Littler & Co.




Soft-paste porcelain with thick bubbly clear glaze. Winter is shown as a bearded man wearing a close-fitting cap and a long coat with a high collar and many buttons . He stands on a low domed base decorated with applied leaves, and holds a handled brazier in front of himself.


History note: Mr A. Fleming, The Casket 47-57, Castle Road, Southsea, from whom bought for £5 (with Summer) on 16 September 1922 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Longton Hall ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Mid#
George II
Circa 1750 CE - 1753 CE


The glassy soft-paste porcelain of Longton Hall contained flint glass, ground flint, gypsum, limestone, and ball clay. The lead in the glass permitted it to fuse at a lower temperature, but also made it prone to warp or collapse during firing. This is shown by many warped waster fragments excavated on the site. For analysis, see M.S. Tite and M. Bimson ‘A technological study of English porcelains’, Archaeometry, 33, pt 1 (1991), pp. 3-27; Andrew Middleton and Michael Cowell, ‘Report on the examination and analysis of some porcelains from Longton Hall and West Pans’ in Bernard M. Watney, ‘Excavations at Longton Hall porcelain manufactory, Part 3: the porcelain and other ceramic finds’, Post-medieval Archaeology, 27 (1993), pp. 94-108. See also Barker, David and Cole, Sam., ‘William Littler at Longton Hall’, in the same authors eds., Digging for Early Porcelain, The Archaeology of Six 18th-century British porcelain Factories, Stoke-on-Trent, 1998, pp. 4-21, especially pp. 11-15.

This figure belongs to the group of early Longton Hall figures described as ‘snowmen’ because of their thick glaze. It is one of a set of Rustic Seasons, no. 06 in Bradshaw’s list of early Longton Hall Figures, The figure and its companion figure of Summer C.3035A-1928, were copied from Chelsea red anchor period Seasons modelled by Joseph Wllems. When purchased by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher in 1922, they were attributed to Bow.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and covered with a thick, bubbly lead-glaze
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3035B-1928
Primary reference Number: 133879
Glaisher MS Catalogue: 3938b
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 27 November 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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