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Winter with Cupid from The Four Classical Seasons: C.86-1932

Object information


Winter with Cupid from The Four Classical Seasons


Derby Porcelain Factory (Factory)
William Duesbury & Co. (Proprietor)
After Eberlein, Johann Friedrich (Modeller)


Soft-paste porcelain figure of Winter with Cupid from a set of Classical Seasons

Soft-paste porcelain figure of Winter with Cupid, slip-cast and painted overglaze in green, yellow, puce, purple, red, flesh pink, brown, and gilt. Winter stands on a base with four scroll feet. He stands on his right leg with his left slightly bent at the knee beside it. He folds his arms in front of him and the upper part of his torso leans to the left while his head is tilted sideways to the right. He wears a puce cloak with fur lining touched with purple and yellow. A bowl-shaped brazier stands on the base to the right and behind his right foot. Cupid stands on his left, facing outwards. He is nude, and wields a purple axe. The flames of the brazier are red. The base is touched with yellow and green CHECK.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 23.8 cm
Width: 12.2 cm

Relative size of this object

12.2 cm23.8 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England
  • Meissen ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Second half of 18th century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1770


The figure was derived from a Meissen model which belonged to a set of Seasons by J.F. Eberlein (1696-1748).

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, yellow, puce, purple, red, flesh pink, brown) lead-glaze ( presumed lead) gold

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast and painted overglaze in green, yellow, puce, purple, red, flesh pink, brown, and gilt

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.86-1932
Primary reference Number: 43493
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 October 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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