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Autumn from a Set of Seasons: C.27-1931

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Autumn from a Set of Seasons


Manufacturer: James Neale & Co.




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome enamels. Autumn represented as a girl holding a basket of fruit.

Cream earthenware, moulded, covered with very slightly blue-tinted lead-glaze, and painted in blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, flesh pink, dark puce, purple, red, yellowish-brown, and black enamels. The closed underside has a circular ventilation hole in the middle. The figure is supported by a square base with straight sides, a moulded top edge, with a dark puce line running round the top. Autumn is represented by a fair-haired girl with rosy cheeks standing in front of a grassy mound with rococo-style scrolls picked out in puce and turquoise-green at the front and viewer's left side. She steps up onto the mound with her right leg, which is bent, and has her left leg straight with the foot on the ground. She holds a basket of fruit in her right arm and holds a piece of fruit in her right hand which rests on her breast. She wears a white broad-brimmed hat with a blue hat-band and edge, a white blouse, an orange bodice, a white apron, and a white skirt scattered with puce leaves and green spots.


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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Hanley ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1931-05-05) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1785 CE - 1790 CE


James Neale (c. 1739/40-1814), an earthenware dealer in London since the 1760s, took over Humphrey Palmer's factory in High Street, Hanley in 1778, and from at least 1781 traded as James Neale & Co. Neale appointed a manager, Robert Wilson, and returned to London. The firm produced very well-modelled and painted figures, such as the set of Seasons to which this model belongs. They are much closer in appearance to porcelain figures than most Staffordshire lead-glazed earthenware figures.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( in blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, flesh pink, dark puce, purple, red, yellowish-brown, and black enamels)
Surface composed of lead-glaze ( slightly blue tinted)
Base Depth 6.2 cm Width 6.1 cm

Materials used in production

pale cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Cream earthenware, moulded, covered with slightly blue tinted lead-glaze, and painted in blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, flesh pink, dark puce, purple, red, yellowish-brown, and black enamels

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the m and n are the same size as the upper case letters

  • Text: AUTUmn
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.27-1931
Primary reference Number: 73958
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 5 June 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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