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Seated Boy representing Winter: C.3096D-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Seated Boy representing Winter


Factory: Vauxhall Porcelain Factory (Probably)
Factory: Longton Hall Porcelain Manufactory (Former attribution)
Maker: Littler, William (Former attribution)




Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted in green, yellow, pink, red, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The figure is on an approximately square base with rounded corners, decorated with a frill picked out in gold. The boy sits on a tree stump, with a smaller stump to his right supported on a small stump. He holds his hands up over the brazier and leans slightly towards it. He wears a pink coat with gold buttons on the pockets and bows on the shoulders, green breeches, and black shoes with bows on the front. The brazier is black with a yellow and red flame, and the tree trunk and support for the brazier are streaked in yellow, brown and green. 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, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Vauxhall ⪼ Surrey ⪼ 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 attributed to Longton Hall, near Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire. It is now considered that they were probably made at Vauxhall, see Documentation, Spero, 2003 and Massey, 2014.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

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

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3096D-1928
Primary reference Number: 38488
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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