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Boy representing Summer from a set of Seasons: C.3132A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Boy representing Summer from a set of Seasons


Factory: Bristol Porcelain Manufactory




Glazed hard-paste porcelain

Hard-paste greyish-white porcelain, press-moulded and glazed. The figure is supported on an oblong rocky base with a tree trunk at the back and a beehive beside it on the viewer's right. Summer is represented as a boy looking downards to his left. He stands on his right leg with his left bent at the knee and crossed in front of it. He leans his left elbow on a projecting branch of the tree. He supports a sheaf of corn on his right hip with his right hand, and holds a small posy of flowers in his left hand. He wears a wreath of corn over his short hair, a shirt with a frilled opening which has fallen off his left shoulder, and front -fall breeches. His lower legs and feet are bare. His coat is thrown over the beehive. The underside of the base has a large ventilation hole with a short and a long firing crack extending from it. The figure is very heavy.


History note: Mr J Allen Jones, London whose offer to sell this figure and its pair for £35 on 17 May 1928 was accepted by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 27.2 cm
Width: 14.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Late
Production date: circa AD 1775

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

clear; except for the outer edges of the underside of the base Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3132A-1928
Primary reference Number: 74419
Old object number: 5094
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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