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Summer: C.899B-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Factory: uncertain




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in enamels. Summer represented as a girl holding a sickle and a wheatsheaf

Earthenware, moulded, covered with slightly blue tinted lead-glaze, and painted in greyish-green, pale and dark yellow, flesh pink, pink, maroon, pale brown, dark brown, and black enamels. The underside has a ventilation hole in the centre. 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. Summer is represented by a young woman standing holding a sickle in her right hand and a sheaf of corn in her left arm. She looks downwards to the viewer's right. She has pale brown hair covered by a white hat with a narrow brim tied under her chin with a black ribbon, and wears a white chemise which has fallen off her right shoulder, a pink bodice laced down the back, a white skirt with maroon trellis border on the lower edge, and a white apron.


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

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
1790 CE - 1800 CE


Possibly by a member of the Wood family

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( greyish-green, pale and dark yellow, flesh pink, pink, maroon, pale brown, dark brown, and black)
Base Depth 7.8 cm Width 7.8 cm

Materials used in production

tinted slightly blue Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.899B-1928
Primary reference Number: 76309
Old object number: 3011
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 30 May 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

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

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