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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…

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…

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 Factory Marks De Klaauw

De Klaauw Factory: Through Time and Fashion

De Klaauw is among the most prosperous and longest running Delftware factories. Throughout its existence, the successive owners and managers succeeded by adapting to the changing demands of the market and the varied clientele. In the sixteenth century, the city of Delft was famous for its textile and brewing industries. At its apogee, the city…

Jan Steen Painting Het Oestereetstertje

Delftware in Seventeenth-Century Paintings

Although porcelain features in hundreds of seventeenth century Dutch still life paintings, paintings portraying Dutch Delftware are more rare. During the seventeenth century Dutch artists had easier access to Chinese porcelain, which was imported to the Netherlands by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) at the beginning of the century. Meanwhile, the production of Delftware…

Daniel Marot, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Garniture Delftware

Delftware in the Royal Interior

In the seventeenth century, interior design was used as a means of image cultivation by the Royal court, and especially by women. Lavishly decorated grand kitchens, bathrooms and the most sensational of rooms, the porcelain room (or the chinoiserie cabinet) communicated the wealth and prestige of its inhabitants. These designated rooms for porcelain, and later…

Seated Dogs Antique Delftware

From Foo-Dog to Beloved Pet in Delftware

Dogs have been beloved human companions for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt, dogs were used for hunting, and they were domesticated over 10,000 years ago in the Far East. In the early modern period dogs assisted during the hunt, pulled carts, and were also kept as companions. Many contemporary paintings also show that several…

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