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Winter from a Set of Seasons: M.3D-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Winter from a Set of Seasons


Maker: Unknown (Probably)
Designer: Passe, Crispijn I de (After)




Plaque of Winter from a set of Seasons. Ivory, carved in low relief and mounted on thicker wood panel. Approximately square.
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'.


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

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century-19th Century
Circa 1600 CE - Circa 1900 CE


After an engraved of Winter in a set of Twelve Months by Crispijn I de Passe

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Components of the work

Mount composed of wood (plant material)

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Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

  • 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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3D-1991
Primary reference Number: 31801
Packing number: EWA 698-701
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 31 October 2022 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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