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Lovers representing Spring: C.185-1932

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Lovers representing Spring


Factory: Frankenthal Porcelain Factory
Director: Hannong, Joseph Adam
Modeller: Lanz, Johann Wilhelm




Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels. A seated girl reaches for a bird held in the left hand of a boy who stands in front of a tree stump beside her to the viewer's right.

Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed, and painted in green, yellow, salmon-pink, puce, pale purple, purple, a little red, brown, grey, and black, and gilded. The narrow rectangular base has a shaped edge bordered by rococo scrolls and two shells. It is slightly concave, and glazed underneath, and has supporting struts forming a shallow H. The centre of the top is painted green, and the scrolls around the edge are picked out in puce and gold. On the back viewer's right corner there is a tree stump dappled in shades of brown and green. The Girl sits on a mound of brown stones on the other back corner, resting her right foot on top of a shell. She holds her right hand over a next full of eggs resting on her right knee, and extends her left hand towards a bird held in the boy's left hand. He stands on the right, supported by the tree stump. He rests his right hand on the girl's shoulder and leans towards her tenderly. She has greyish-brown hair with a very small cap on top, delicately tinted cheeks and greyish-brown eyes, and wears a white bodice with yellow stomacher, a yellow petticoat and a pale purple skirt turned back to shoe the salmon lining, and black shoes with yellow bows on top. The boy has a black broad-brimmed hat with a yellow band and ribbon, a white waistcoat, a salmon-pink coat, pale purple breeches with darker purple stripes, white stockings and black buckled shoes.


History note: Uncertain before Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Frankenthal ⪼ The Palatinate ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century, third quarter
Joseph Adam Hannong Period
Circa 1759 CE - 1762 CE


Modelled by Johann Wilhelm Lanz about 1756-7, these figures of young lovers were produced holding different attributes symbolic of the Seasons.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green, yellow, salmon-pink, puce, pale purple, purple, a little red, brown, grey, and black)
Base composed of gold Width 14 cm

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded in parts, assembled, glazed, and painted in green, yellow, salmon-pink, puce, pale purple, purple, a little red, brown, grey, and black, and gilded
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rampant lion

  • Location: On side of central support on base
  • Method of creation: Painted in underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: script letters

  • Text: JAH monogram
  • Location: On side of central support on base on right of rampant lion
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: circular paper label printed with a broad black border with the name of the owner reserved in white

  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.185-1932
Primary reference Number: 140151
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 August 2015 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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