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Winter: C.930-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage




Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Probably)




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in enamels; a ong-haired youth probably representing Winter from a set of Seasons

White earthenware with slightly blue tinted lead-glaze, painted in yellowish-green, flesh-pink, reddish-brown, brown and dark opaque brown enamels. The underside is concave and glazed, and has a large ventilation hole below the figure. The slender youth stands in front of a tree trunk on a low round mound base. He has long brown hair, a pale complexion, and bare legs and feet. He looks down towards his left. His right shoulder, arms and hands are concealed by a dark brown mantle lined with reddish-brown, which he holds around himself as if feeling cold. The tree trunk and the mound base are coloured overall in yellowish-green with a few brown brush strokes around the front of the base.


History note: Captain Reynolds' collection, Tiptree, Kelveden, Essex ; sold to Gill & Reigate, London, from whom this figure was purchased for £1.0.0. on 8 June 1910 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS. Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th century
Circa 1800 - 1810


Rackham in his Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection, 1935, identified this figure as a youth representing Winter, and attributed this figure to the Hanley factory of Robert Wilson who had previously been in partnership with James Neale. Dr Glaisher however, had identified it as a 'pensive woman',

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Components of the work

Surface composed of lead-glaze ( slightly blue tinted)
Decoration composed of enamel ( yellowish-green, flesh pink, brown, reddish-brown and dark opaque brown enamels)
Base Width 7 cm

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick on label with blue plant motifs in the top corners and a narrow blue line on the left, top and right edges

  • Text: no 3119/Staffordshire/figure of a pensive woman/b. in London/June 8 1909
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.930-1928
Primary reference Number: 76397
Old object number: 3119
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 September 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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