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Seated Girl representing Summer: C.3096B-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Seated Girl representing Summer


Factory: Vauxhall Porcelain Factory (Probably)
Production: Longton Hall Porcelain Manufactory (Former attribution)




Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted in green, yellow, pink and brown enamels, and gilt. The unglazed underside has a large circular hole near the back. The figure is on a shallow truncated oval base with a scrolled edge picked out with gilding. The girl sits on a yellow sheaf of corn. She is barefooted and has her hands over her lap, holding a now missing object. On her lap there is a loose heap of ears of corn and several more ears are scattered on the base around her feet. She wears a green hat with corn stalks projecting from the crown onto the brim, which is pink underneath and turned up at the front. She wears a low-necked pink dress with bows on the shoulders and elbows, and a white apron. In a set of four figures representing the Seasons.


History note: Vernon Roberts Collection, sold Puttick and Simpson, 23rd May 1924, lot 164; Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Vauxhall ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England
  • Longton Hall ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid#
Circa 1753 CE - 1755 CE


This model and its three companion Seasons were based on Meissen prototypes, and were formerly attributed to Longton Hall, near Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire. It has recently been suggested that they were made at Vauxhall, see Documentation, Spero and Massey.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, yellow, pink and brown) gold

Materials used in production

except underside Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, painted in green, yellow, pink and brown enamels, and gilt

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3096B-1928
Primary reference Number: 38484
Old object number: 4369
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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