Figure of Spring from the Four Seasons

Figure of Spring from the Four Seasons

c. 1775

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Bristol Porcelain Factory

(British, 1770-81)

Hard-paste porcelain

Overall: 27 x 14.5 x 9.4 cm (10 5/8 x 5 11/16 x 3 11/16 in.)

Bequest of Mary Warden Harkness 1917.611.2

Fun Fact

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


The modern notion of childhood as a time of innocence and simplicity emerged during the second half of the eighteenth century. This understanding of adolescence led to numerous depictions of children as personifications of the four seasons. Here spring is portrayed as a young girl adorning her hair with flowers. The flowers filling her basket and growing in the grass around her signal spring’s arrival.

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Decorative Arts
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