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Pair of Polychrome Models of Shoes

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this pair of polychrome models of shoes, made in Delft around 1765. In contrast to Delft slippers, small shoes like the present pair are more uncommon. The model for slippers are seventeenth century mules, or trippen, a…

Delftware as the Centerpiece of a Festive Gathering

In the Netherlands and throughout Europe, people drank alcoholic beverages when water was unsafe. Cold beverages were consumed in the summer, and hot punch, wine and beer were drank to keep warm in the winter.[1] In Northern Europe, the consumption of wine carried a strong social distinction, whereas beer was a more common beverage. Although…

Collecting Delftware in the Nineteenth Century

Despite its predominant role in the history of European ceramics, Dutch Delftware only became a serious source of interest from art historians and collectors in the second half of the nineteenth century, a period that rehabilitated the decorative arts, and particularly ceramics. Prior to the 1850s, there was little interest in the decorative arts in…

Blue Delftware Tulip Vase

Blue and White Flower Vase

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white flower vase, from circa 1710. Quintel vases have five spouts and were amongst the earliest examples of spouted vases. The heart-shaped model with five spouts, such as the present one, followed the early quintel…

Antique Polychrome Figures Of A Hurdy-Gurdy Player And A Shepherd

The Influence of Giambologna

The study of Delftware will bring you far beyond the Dutch borders, as the objects make multiple references to other cultures. The exchange of knowledge and motifs between the ceramic centres are well-known and documented. However, little is known about the influence that European sculptors had on Dutch Delftware. In the eighteenth century, Delft potters…

Antique Dutch Delftware And The Shades Of Blue In The Delftware Explained At Aronson Antiquairs

De Witte Ster Factory During the Eighteenth Century

At the beginning of the eighteenth century, De Witte Ster (The White Star) was owned by Henricus Cleffius and Dirck Witsenburgh. During this period, objects of a remarkable quality were produced. However, the company encountered financial troubles. In order to pay back its creditors, the factory was sold in 1705 to Dammas Hoffdijck and Jacobus de…

Antique American Union Tobacco Jar Delftware

Blue and White Tobacco Jar

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white tobacco jar, from circa 1790. The tobacco jar is marked with an axe for De Porceleyne Byl (The Porcelain Axe) factory. The decoration on this tobacco jar, depicting the obverse of the Great…

Aronson Antiques Dutch Delftware

Extraordinary Delftware Advertisements

The function of plates and plaques painted in a yellow ground and decorated with garnitures, cuspidors, teapots and other ceramic objects arranged in several rows is uncertain. The rare objects have probably functioned as sample plates, although there are no archival records to support this assumption. Sample plates may have been used by potteries to…

Strollers In The Large Garden Of Het Loo Palace Made By Jan Van Call

Delftware in the Baroque Garden

In the seventeenth century, the baroque taste was fully integrated in almost all aspects of the built environment, including architecture, interior design and the garden. The formal or Baroque garden was designed after the spectacle of Versailles and evolved in Italy and France in the early seventeenth century. The immense gardens of Louis XIV, designed…

Delftware Antique Black And White Ewer

Blue and White Ewer

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white ewer, from circa 1685. The ewer is marked for Lambertus Cleffius, who was the owner of De Metaale Pot (The Metal Pot) factory from 1679 to 1691. Lambertus Cleffius joined De Metaale Pot…

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