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Ceres with a Putto representing Summer: C.3137-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Ceres with a Putto representing Summer


Production: Samuel Gilbody's Porcelain Manufactory




Figure of Ceres holding a sheaf of corn and accompanied by a putto, standing on a domed square base, glazed soft-paste porcelain

Figure of Ceres accompanied by a putto. Soft-paste porcelain, press-moulded, with thick, speckly, starch-blue glaze. The closed mainly unglazed underside is slightly concave, and has an almost central ventilation hole. The figures stand on a four-sided mound base decorated with applied wheat ears and single flowers. Ceres stands with feet slightly apart holding a sheaf of corn in her right arm, and holding her drapery to her front with her left hand. Her long hair is drawn back and the sides of her head are adorned with ears of corn. She wears a long tunic which reveals her shoulders, and breasts, and is held up by a strap between them which is tied in a bow on her left shoulder. A nude putto stands on her left holding up bunches of ears of corn in both his hands, but the goddess turns her head away from him.


History note: Whitely-Tolson Collection, Huddersfield; sold Puttick and Simpson, London, 26 January 1923, lot 85, purchased for 4½ guineas by Dr Glaisher,

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 15 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
Circa 1755 CE - Circa 1761 CE


Bernard Rackham pointed out a relationship between this model and an ivory from a set of Seasons by Balthasar Permoser in the Herzog Anton-Ulrich Museum, Braunschweig (see Documentation, Rackham, 1917). However the ivory has the putto on the viewer's left of Ceres, and he holds the sheaf of corn, while she stands with her left arm on her hip and right arm down touching the corn..

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Base Depth 5.8 cm Width 6.2 cm

Materials used in production

except for some of underside of base Glaze
probably phosphatic but not tested Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, press-moulded, with thick, speckly, starch-blue glaze. The closed mainly unglazed underside is slightly concave, and has an almost central ventilation hole.
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3137-1928
Primary reference Number: 74422
Old object number: 4070
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 20 March 2018 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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