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Four Plaques of the Seasons: M.3A-D-1991

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Four Plaques of the Seasons

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Description

Four plaques of the Seasons. Ivory, carved in low relief and mounted on thicker wood panels. All four are approximately square.
A. Spring: Two couples and an oarsman in a boat. The girl in the stern holds up a tazza, the one in the middle plays a lute and her companion blows a flute. In the background there are three buildings and a cart full of people drawn by two horses. There are four ducks on the water. Inscribed at the top centre is 'MAI' and at bottom centre 'PRINTEMPS'.
B. Summer: A woman holding a ewer is seated outside a cottage beside a basket and a sheaf of corn. A man playing a cornemuse stands beside her leaning on a tree. A sickle lies on the ground to their right. In the background to the right four peasants are working in a cornfield with houses in the distance. Inscribed at the top centre 'JUILLET' and at the bottom centre 'ÉTÉ'.
C. Autumn: A gentleman and lady carousing in the open air, with on the right a vase of flowers, two bowls of fruit and a bottle, and on the left, peasants making wine. Inscribed at the top centre 'OCTOBRE' and at the bottom centre 'AUTOMNE'.
D. Winter: An indoor scene with an old man seated before a fire, and a boy kneeling to blow it with bellows. A cat is perched on the chair back. Through the open door, a dog barks at a peasant herding two pigs. In the distance a bridge and buildings. Inscribed at the top centre 'DECEMBRE' and at bottom centre 'HIVER'.

Notes

History note: Purchased by Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d.1950) from Langstone in December, 1917 for £17.0.0; the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Henry Scipio Reitlinger 1950, transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.5 cm
Width: 10.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio

Dating

17th - 19th Century
Circa 1600 - 1900

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Mounts composed of wood (plant material)

Materials used in production

Ivory

Techniques used in production

Carving : Ivory, carved in low relief and mounted on thicker wood panels

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 350/b
  • Location: On A
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label
  • Text: MAI
  • Location: On plaque A, top centre
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: PRINTEMPS
  • Location: On plaque A, bottom centre
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: JUILLET
  • Location: On plaque B, top centre
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: ÉTÉ
  • Location: On plaque B, bottom centre
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: OCTOBRE
  • Location: On plaque C, top centre
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: AUTOMNE
  • Location: On plaque C, bottom centre
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: DECEMBRE
  • Location: On plaque D, top centre
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: HIVER
  • Location: On plaque D, bottom centre
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3A-D-1991
Primary reference Number: 31722
Packing number: EWA 698-701
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 24 August 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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