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Ceres representing Summer: C.935-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Ceres representing Summer


Production: uncertain




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in enamels

Cream earthenware, moulded, covered with slightly blue tinted lead-glaze and painted in greyish-blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, and brown enamels. The figure is supported on a square base which is concave and glazed underneath, and has a central ventilation hole. Ceres stands on a low mound with a tree stump at the back, which like the base is coloured green with random streaks of brown. She stands on her left leg with her right relaxed and a little behind it. Her head is turned towards her left, and she holds a sickle in her right hand at her side, and with her left holds up a bunch of wheat ears (partly missing) which rest on her left shoulder. She has brown hair, and wears a long greyish-blue gown which reveals her legs at the front, and a yellow bodice which is open at the front.


History note: Unknown before Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th century
George III
1800 - 1820


The manufacturer of his figure is uncertain. One possibility is David Wilson who was proprietor of the Church Works Hanley between 1798 and 1820.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( greyish-blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, and brown)
Surface composed of lead-glaze ( very slightly blue tinted)
Base Depth 6.6 cm Width 6.6 cm

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Cream earthenware, moulded in parts, assembled before firing, covered with very slightly blue tinted lead-glazed and painted in greyish-blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, and brown enamels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.935-1928
Primary reference Number: 76408
Old object number: R 3149
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 19 September 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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