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Spring from a Set of Seasons: M.3A-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Spring from a Set of Seasons


Maker: Unknown
Printmaker: Passe, Crispijn I de (After)




Plaque, ivory, carved in low relief and mounted on thicker wood panel. Approximately square. One of a set of four (M.3B, M.3C, M.3D-1991) depicting the four seasons.
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'.


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

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest 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


17th - 19th Century
Circa 1600 - Circa 1900


After an engraving by Crispijn I de Passe

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Components of the work

Mount composed of wood (plant material)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

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
  • Location: On plaque A, bottom centre
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3A-1991
Primary reference Number: 31773
Packing number: EWA 698-701
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 31 October 2022 Last processed: Monday 31 October 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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