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Spring from a set of Seasons: C.899A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Spring from a set of Seasons


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome enamels. Spring represented by a girl holding a posy and a basket of flowers.

Pale cream earthenware, moulded, covered with slightly blue tinted lead-glaze (pearl glaze), and painted in blue, turquoise, greyish-green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, maroon, pale brown, dark brown, and black enamels. There is a ventilation hole in the centre of the underside. The base is square with straight sides canted inwards on the underside, and is decorated on each side with a continuous maroon band. The figure is supported on a mound base which rises up at the back and is painted in green and brown to resemble rocks and grass. The girl stands with her bare feet slightly apart and her head turned towards her right. In her right hand she holds a small bunch of flowers up to her chest, and in her left hand holds a basket of flowers. She has pale brown hair and a black broad-brimmed hat perched on the right side of her head. She wears a white chemise, a pink bodice with maroon edges, a turquoise stomacher, and a white skirt which is hitched up at the front to reveal a turquoise lining, and below it, a pink petticoat with a maroon criss-cross border.


History note: Sotheby's, 12 March, 1909, part of lot 185; purchased by S. Fenton of Cranbourn Street, for £6.15s. on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1785 - 1800


Possibly by a member of the Wood family

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, turquoise, greyish-green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, maroon, pale brown, dark brown, and black)
Surface composed of lead-glaze ( slightly blue-tinted pearl or 'china' glaze)
Base Depth 7.9 cm Width 7.9 cm

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label with a blue line border and stylized plant motifs in upper corners

  • Text: No 2009/Staffordshire figure of Spring, (one/of a group, representing the/seasons)/b. at Sotheby's/March 12 1909
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.899A-1928
Primary reference Number: 76308
Old object number: 3009
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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