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Vulcan with a Putto, representing Winter: C.118-1918

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Vulcan with a Putto, representing Winter


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain figure of Vulcan with a Putto, representing Winter, painted over slightly bluish lead-glaze in polychrome enamels, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain, containing bone ash, figure of Vulcan with a Putto, press-moulded, and painted over slightly bluish lead-glaze in blue, green, yel-low, pink, dark pink, red, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The underside has an unglazed flat area round the edge, and a concave glazed area with a circular ventilation hole off centre. The rounded oblong base has rocaille scrolls in relief round the sides and front, and, at centre back, a tree-trunk with a large knot on the front, and on its top, a flaming tripod brazier. Vulcan stands with his left leg advanced, and his hands held over the brazier. His face is turned to the viewer. He wears a polychrome floral patterned mantle with a black and white 'fur' lining and gold edging, which passes over his head, and down his back, and is bunched up around his hips at the front. On the ground to his left there is a seated child wearing a polychrome floral pat-terned cape with a turned up collar, and blue skates tied on with red ribbon. On the ground in front of the figures there are three brown logs. The scrolls round the edge are decorated in pale and dark pink and gold.


History note: Unknown before donor, Ralph Griffin, MA, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Given by Ralph Griffin, MA

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.3 cm
Width: 10.5 cm

Relative size of this object

10.5 cm17.3 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1918) by Griffin, Ralph, MA, FSA


Mid-18th Century
George II
George III
Production date: circa AD 1760


This set of Seasons was derived from Meissen models, see Hurlbutt, 1926, lower photograph, but Winter does not follow the Meissen prototype as Autumn does.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
presumed phosphatic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, and painted over slightly bluish lead-glaze in polychrome enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.118-1918
Primary reference Number: 41467
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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