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Boy representing Winter from a set of Seasons: C.905-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Boy representing Winter from a set of Seasons


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Lead-glazed earthenware figure of a boy skating painted in enamels

White earthenware, press-moulded, covered with lead-glaze tinted blue (pearl or china glaze) and painted in blue, green, yellow, red, brown, and black enamels. The figure is supported on a square straight-sided base canted inwards on the underside, and having a closed central area with a ventilation hole. It is decorated on the outside with a continuous brown band. The boy stands on a rounded area of blue ice with grooved sides, and a brown and green tree stump at the back. He looks down and turns his head towards his left as he steps forward on his right foot, clasping his crossed arms and hands together in front of his chest. He has pale brown hair, partly covered by a high-crowned black hat with a wide brim which is turned up at the front. He wears a white jacket horizontally striped with alternately straight red and wavy blue lines, a brown cloak, yellow breeches, white stockings and black shoes with barely visible skates attached.


History note: Fred. S. Weinberg, Seafield Lodge, Broughty Ferry; sold Sotheby's, 9 November 1922, one of two items in lot 37; purchased by Mr Hyam for £5 on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 6.8 cm
Height: 19.1 cm
Width: 6.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
Circa 1790 - 1810


Probably made in the factory of a member of the Wood family

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, red, brown, and black)
Surface composed of lead-glaze ( blue-tinted 'pearl' or 'china glaze')

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label with cut corners and a blue line edging on left and top sides

  • Text: No 3998/Staffordshire/figure of Winter/b. at Sotheby's/Nov 9.1922
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.905-1928
Primary reference Number: 76339
Old object number: 3998
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

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

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