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Winter from a set of Seasons: C.927-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Winter from a set of Seasons


Production: Neale & Co. (Probably)




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome enamels. A girl wearing a long cloak and holding a spray of holly representing Winter

Cream earthenware, moulded, covered with slightly blue-tinted lead-glaze, and painted in turquoise, green, flesh pin, red, dark puce, pale brown, and a little black enamel. The closed underside has a circular ventilation hole in the centre The base is square with straight sides, and a moulded upper edge with a dark puce line running round it. The figure stands on a grassy mound with rococo-style scrolls round the front and sides. The girl has rosy cheeks and stands with her left leg forward and higher than her right. She has an ermine-lined cloak over her head and wrapped around her at the front. She has her right hand tucked inside her cloak and in her left holds a long spray of holly.


History note: Mrs W.Dickson, Southill, Bournemouth, by whom given on 5 December, 1915 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Hanley ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1785 - 1790


James Neale, the proprietor of the Church Works, Hanley, was not a potter but a china dealer in London. He took over the pottery from Humphrey Palmer in 1778 and from at least 1781 the firm was known as Neale & Co. Neale appointed a manager, Robert Wilson, and returned to London. In 1790 or 1791 Wilson became the proprietor. .

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( turquoise, green, flesh pink, red, dark puce, pale brown, and a little black)
Surface composed of lead-glaze ( very slightly tinted pale blue)
Base Depth 6 cm Width 6 cm

Materials used in production

pale cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Cream earthenware, moulded, covered with very slightly blue tinted lead-glaze, and painted in turquoise, green, flesh pink, red, dark puce, pale brown, and a little black enamel

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WINTER
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.927-1928
Primary reference Number: 76394
Old object number: 3895
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 5 June 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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