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Figures Depicting the Four Seasons

Figures Depicting the Four Seasons

c. 1775

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Bristol Porcelain Factory

(British, 1770-81)

Hard-paste porcelain

Part 1: 28.4 x 16.2 x 13.7 cm (11 3/16 x 6 3/8 x 5 3/8 in.); Part 2: 27 x 14.5 x 9.4 cm (10 5/8 x 5 11/16 x 3 11/16 in.); Part 3: 27 x 15.9 x 11.7 cm (10 5/8 x 6 1/4 x 4 5/8 in.); Part 4: 27.2 x 13 x 11.5 cm (10 11/16 x 5 1/8 x 4 1/2 in.)

Bequest of Mary Warden Harkness 1917.611

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Allegorical figures most often decorated a table during the dessert course, providing amusing subjects for conversation.


In this group depicting the four seasons, a young boy in ice skates represents winter; a young lady adorns her hair with flowers in spring; a young man guards his beehive in summer; and a girl gathers fruit in autumn.

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Decorative Arts
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