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Winter: C.899D-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome enamels. Winter represented by a young man skating

Cream earthenware, press-moulded, covered in blue-tinted lead-glaze, and painted in green, blue, pale yellow dark yellow, pink, flesh-pink, a little red, maroon, brown, and black enamels. The closed underside has a central ventilation hole. The base is square with straight sides canted inwards on the underside, and is decorated on each side with a continuous maroon band. The young man stands on a rounded area of blue ice with grooved sides, which has 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 arms and hands together in front of him. He has brown hair partly hidden by a high crowned black hat with broad brim which is upturned at the front. He wears a pink cloak over a dark yellow jacket and paler yellow breeches, white stockings, and black shoes with skates attached to them by red straps and bows.


History note: Sotheby's, 12 March 1909, part of lot 185; purchased for £6.15s. by S. Fenton of Cranbourn Street, on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1785 - 1800


Possibly made by a member of the Wood family

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( pale-blue, greyish-green, two shades of yellow, pink, flesh pink, maroon, red, pale brown, dark brown, and black)
Base Depth 7.8 cm Width 7.8 cm

Materials used in production

slightly blue tinted Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Cream earthenware, press-moulded, covered with blue-tinted lead-glaze and painted in pale-blue, greyish-green, two shades of yellow, pink, flesh pink, maroon, red, pale brown, dark brown, and black enamels; the closed underside has a central ventilation hole

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.899D-1928
Primary reference Number: 76311
Old object number: 3012
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 30 May 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 6 June 2023

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

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