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Seated Boy representing Spring: C.3096A-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Seated Boy representing Spring


Factory: Vauxhall Porcelain Factory (Probably)
Production: Longton Hall Porcelain Manufactory (Former attribution)




Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, green, pink, brown enamels, and gilt. The underside is unglazed and has a circular hole off centre. The approximately oval base has a rocaille 'frill' round the edge, picked out in gold, and three leaves and a flower on the top. The boy sits on a brown basket filled with pink flowers. His left foot is on the ground and his other foot raised slightly. He leans over towards his left, holding a garland of pink flowers in both hands. He is bareheaded and barefooted, and wears a pink jacket with gold buttons, and blue bows on the shoulders, and green breeches with pink flowers around the knees. In a set of four figures representing the Seasons.


History note: Vernon Roberts Collection, sold Puttick and Simpson, 23 May 1924, lot 164; Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Vauxhall ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England
  • Longton Hall ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1755 CE - 1760 CE


This figure and its three companions representing the Seasons was attributed to Longton Hall, but it has recently been suggested that it was made at the Vauxhall factory which operated between 1751 and 1764

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, pink and brown) gold

Materials used in production

except underside Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, green, pink, brown enamels, and gilt

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3096A-1928
Primary reference Number: 38467
Old object number: 4369
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 June 2019 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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