- Museum number
Figure of a man symbolising Winter; hard-paste porcelain; hollow; oval base; wears long uncoloured cloak with fur lining opening at front to show striped breeches painted with scattered stylised blue flowers, 'Funfpunktrosetten'; jacket sleeve yellow, lined in purple; unmarked.
- Production date
Height: 16.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1985
Würzburg porcelain figures, which are charmingly naive in character, and frequently marked by technical shortcomings such as firecracks, are extremely rare. This piece, despite the evident lack of plasticity of the clay, was the work of a modeller who was capable of successfully imbuing his model with character and force.
There are apparently at least four versions of this figure, each slightly different. Three are shown in Ducret, 1968, Abb. 49-51 and another was sold at Christie's Geneva, 14 November 1983' lot 98 (illus.). All except the British Museum figure, which has been damaged and repaired, are shown wearing a broad-brimmed hat. Hats are found on other figures from this factory.
Allegorical figures of the Seasons made at Würzburg also included Summer (Ducret, ibid., Abb. 30) and Spring and Winter represented together (ibid., Abb. 31)
A white example (called a 'Pensive Man') was sold at Sotheby's, New York, English and Continental Ceramics, 9,10 October 19990, lot 309
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number