Antique Persian Blue Delftware

Persian Blue Spiced Wine Bowl and Cover

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. Since it is the holiday season we would like to show you a Dutch Delft object that is typical for around Christmas time: a ‘Persian Blue’ spiced wine bowl and cover. This bowl, dated circa 1700 and marked for De Paauw (The Peacock)…

Antique Plaque Displaying A Scene Of Dutch Winter On Dutch Delftware

Dutch Winters Presented in Dutch Delftware

Who can think of a thing that is more Dutch than people skating on the ice? December is also known as the first winter month, although lately there were no harsh winters during this month in the Netherlands. This has not always been the case, since there was a Little Ice Age which lasted from…

Antique Red Stoneware Teapots Explained By Aronson Antiquairs

Delft Red Stoneware Teapots

Although the trade of Chinese porcelain by the VOC (Dutch East India Company) became difficult from around 1650, because of the civil unrests in China, the VOC still managed to maintain trade relations with the southern part of China. They imported wares, such as porcelain, tea and the famous red stoneware teapots.[1] Once again, these…

Antique Polychrome Biblical Plates

Majolica, Hollandts Porceleyn and the Verstraeten Family

When in the sixteenth century many potters migrated from Antwerp to the northern Netherlands, they established themselves in various cities. However, around 1600 the city of Haarlem emerged as the leading majolica centre. Multiple inventories show that a total of 45 potters had settled there and the production of majolica increased proportionally.[1] Although it is…

Antique Dutch Pottery Delftware Dishes

A New Way of Dining

About three weeks ago, the new exhibition Nederland dineert, Vier eeuwen tafelcultuur (Dutch Dining, Four Centuries Table Culture) opened in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. With three meals a day, dining and decorating the table for special occasions was and is of all times. Delft potters have played an important role in bringing a custom of…

Antique Delftware Strawberry Strainer And Stand At Aronson Antiquairs

Pair of Strawberry Dishes and Stands

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month it is a pair of blue and white strawberry dishes. What a joy it must have been to attend a dinner at a wealthy family in the eighteenth century. Not just a delight to be able to taste such foods, but also especially…

Antique Ceramic With Japanese Colour Patterns

Japanese Colour Patterns in Dutch Delftware

Dutch Delftware is also known by the popular term Delft Blue. The earliest Dutch Delftware was indeed only decorated in a blue colour, inspired by the Chinese Kraakporcelain which was traded by the VOC (see our newsletter of August). But this term is slightly inadequate, since Dutch Delftware is so much more extensive than only…

Aronson Antiquairs Information About The Making Of Dutch Porcelain

The Making of Hollandts Porceleyn

The arrival of the popular Chinese porcelain on the Dutch market had as result that the Delft Majolica potters had to invent new ways to bring their goods on the market. As they only created a limited choice of tableware (mostly plates, dishes and porringers) in contrast to the so sought after thin and shiny…

Antique Polychrome Jug With Cover

Polychrome and Gilded Jug and Cover

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. Since this month’s theme is the Imari-style objects made in Delft, we would like to show you a beautiful Imari-style jug. The decoration of this jug is a typical Dutch interpretation of the Japanese Imari. The asymmetry is formed by a blue…

Antique Dutch Pottery Blue And White Chamfered Square Plaque

Blue and White Chamfered Square Plaque

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. Since Amsterdam is dedicated to the large nautical event 'Sail' in the month of August, we would like to show you a Dutch Delftware blue and white chamfered square plaque decorated with several tall ships, similar to the ones currently in the Amsterdam…