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Winter, from a Set of Rustic Seasons: C.87-1950

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Winter, from a Set of Rustic Seasons


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory
Modeller: Willems, Joseph




Soft-paste porcelain painted in polychrome enamels, and gilt

Soft-paste porcelain figure of Winter, slip cast, and painted over lead-glaze with a spot of blue, green, yellow, orange, pale mauve, red, pale brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt. The flat, unglazed base has a small circular ventilation hole below the support. The round, almost flat base rises up at the back into a short cylindrical support for the figure. Winter stands facing front, with his heels together and toes apart, looking down at a basket which he holds in both hands. He wears a yellow cap with an upturned fur brim, orange ear flaps, and a gold button on top. He has a long white coat with a wide upturned collar, five gold buttons down the front, broad cuffs with three gold buttons on each, and a pocket on his right side with three gold buttons. Under his coat he has a yellow waistcoat, pale purple breeches, and white long stockings.His black shoes have yellow flaps on the front, and red heels. On top of the base there is a yellow flower with two leaves; two orange flowers with three leaves, and a pink flower with two leaves.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 13 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Chelsea ⪼ Middlesex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Red anchor period (1752-1756)
18th Century, Mid#
George II
Circa 1752 CE - 1756 CE

Components of the work

Glaze composed of lead-glaze ( presumed lead)
Decoration composed of enamels ( yellow, orange, pale mauve, red, pale brown, grey, and black) gold
Front-back Depth 6 cm
Base Width 5.5 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in yellow, orange, pale mauve, red, pale brown, grey, and black enamels and gilt

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a red anchor

  • Text: anchor
  • Location: Low down on the support at the back
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: half of a circular paper label

  • Text: Chelsea/c. 1745
  • Location: On the underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in red ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.87-1950
Primary reference Number: 42614
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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