These figures of Ceres and Bacchus can be attributed to John Cheere (d. 1787) by the fact that he supplied a figure identical in stance and compostion, though less adorned, for the Duke of Atholl at Blair Atholl in 1740. It was one of three supplied at that time. His invoice dated October ye 1st, 1740, - to three statues of Apollo, Flora and Ceres (17.17s.- . The Apollo 4ft 6", ye Flora and Ceres each 4ft.
At present it is not known which models Cheere used for these figures, however Girolamo Ticciati (d. 1744), a Florentine sculptor supplied four gilt bronze figures of the four seasons for The Badminton Cabinet in about 1730 (see Christie's, London, 'The Badminton Cabinet', 5th July 1990, lot 151). Cheere's figure of Summer closely relates to that of Ticciati's, in compostion and stance whilst both their left hands are raised and holding corn, the hair is adorned with corn which drops to the shoulders on both examples. The waxes and the corresponding moulds of Ticciati's figures were acquired by Carlo Ginori for the Porcelain Manufactory at Doccia, founded in 1743 (K. Lankheit, Die Modellsammlung der Porzellanmanufaktur Doccia, München, 1982, p. 130). It is also known that Ticciati had sent four busts of his seasons to England (K. Lankheit, Florentinische Barockplastik, München, 1962, p. 227.).
A related group of late 16th/early 17th century figures emblematic of the seasons by Hans Krumper (d. 1634) are illustrated in H. Weihrauch, Die Bildwerkein Bronze und anderen metallen, Müchen, 1956, pp. 143-148.