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Winter from a set of Seasons: C.2-1947

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Winter from a set of Seasons


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Eberlein, Johann Friedrich




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain, painted overglaze in blue, red, flesh pink, pale and dark brown, grey, and black enamel colours, and gilt (a little). The unglazed underside has a round ventilation hole near the back. The square base has straight sides and is undecorated. Winter stands with his left knee relaxed and his arms crossed in front of his chest, leaning forward slightly. He has a long grey beard, and wears a blue cloak lined with brown and white fur, which falls down from his head to the ground at the back and is held up across his loins and upper legs in his right hand. On his right, projecting partly over the edge of the base, there is a covered bowl with a fire on top of it, and on his left, is a nude, brown-haired putto cutting wood with an axe.


History note: Michael Mosely; sold Sotheby's, 16 July 1946, Catalogue of Rare Meissen Porcelain with Factory and Hausmaler Decoration, Continental and English Porcelain and Enamels, lot 149. Purchased from H.E. Backer, London

Legal notes

Given by his colleagues of the Fitzwilliam Museum in memory of D.E. Nunn

Measurements and weight

Height: 26.4 cm
Width: 14.6 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1947) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Mid-18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1745


This figure was modelled by Johann Friedrich Eberlein

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, red, flesh pink, pale and dark brown, grey, and black) gold
Base Width 9 cm
Visible Surfaces

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed, and painted in blue, red, flesh pink, pale and dark brown, grey, and black enamel colours, and lightly gilt on the edges of the bowl only

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2-1947
Primary reference Number: 38524
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 March 2017 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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