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The Four Seasons

ca. 1815
19th c
7 5/8 in. x 2 7/8 in. x 2 7/8 in. (19.37 cm x 7.3 cm x 7.3 cm)

Staffordshire, England, English, b. mid 17th Century

Object Type: Ceramic
Creation Place: Europe, England, Staffordshire
Medium and Support: Earthenware with enamel decoration
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld
Accession Number: 2005.96.a.b.c.d
a-male with cape-H: 7 5/8; W: 2 7/8; D: 2 7/8 inches
b-female with basket-H: 7 5/8; W: 2 7/8; D: 2 7/8 inches
c-male with brown coat- H: 7 5/8; W: 2 7/8; D: 2 7/8 inches
d-female holding wheat-H: 7 5/8; W: 2 7/8; D: 2 7/8 inches

These four figures, representing differing times of the year, are identified by activities or crops associated with each particular season. Winter wears skates and a warm, heavy cloak while spring carries a blossom and a basket of flowers. Summer clutches a cluster of grapes and a glass of wine while autumn holds a scythe and a sheaf of wheat.

Three of the four figures appear to have an unusually intimate relationship to nature in that all the figures except winter walk on earth without shoes.

2003 - 2004: "Clay Bodies: Staffordshire Figurative Ceramics from the Collection of Dr. & Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld," October 4, 2003 - April 4, 2004, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Object Description
Representational Earthenware sculptures

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Additional Image Autumn
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  • see Display Comments for complete dimensions Dimensions: 7 5/8 x 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 in. (19.37 x 7.3 x 7.3 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Jonathan Horne
    Role: Dealer
    Place: London, England
    Dates: 09/28/1990

  • Owner Name: Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld
    Role: private collector
    Place: Los Angeles, California
    Dates: 9/28/1990, 2005

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