Important and Rare Delftware Collection at TEFAF Maastricht 2017

AMSTERDAM February 21, 2017 - At TEFAF Maastricht 2017 Aronson Antiquairs will present a spectacularly rare and important collection of Dutch Delftware: The Nijstad Collection and highlights from the Morpurgo Collection.

The Nijstad family has been deeply wedded to art and antiques for as long as anyone can remember. They channeled this passion into a successful business, decades before Hartog ‘Harts’ and Kitty Nijstad developed a magnificent collection of Dutch Delftware in the twentieth century. Robert Aronson, fifth generation owner of the over 135 year old Dutch firm, has already a long history with the family. He has childhood memories of visiting Mr. and Mrs. Nijstad, who where his father’s colleagues and his grandparent’s dear friends. As Robert Aronson adds “No extravagance. Mr. Nijstad invited us to the study upstairs. There, a large vitrine running from floor to ceiling was remarkably filled entirely with Dutch Delftware”. The collection, which was started by his father Abraham Nijstad, include a pair of boys riding lions made around 1775, and a pair of candlesticks with deer marked for Jan van den Briel, the owner of De Grieksche A (The Greek A) factory from 1768 to 1783, or his widow Petronella van der Laan from 1783 to 1796. An early polychrome money bank, which can be attributed to Jannetge Claesdr. van Straten, widow of Jacob Wemmersz. Hoppesteyn and the owner of Het Moriaenshooft (The Moor’s Head) factory from 1671 until 1686, is also part of this important collection. Robert Aronson, who is grateful to the Nijstad family for the long friendship, is proud and honoured to be given the opportunity to present the Nijstad collection in all its glory.

In addition to the outstanding objects from the Nijstad collection, Aronson Antiquairs will also bring several highlights from the Morpurgo collection. The Morpurgo family is a renowned Amsterdam dynasty in the antiques trade. Four successive generations have contributed their expertise, knowledge, and passion to the industry since the family business was started by Joseph M. Morpurgo in 1869. The Aronson family and the Morpurgo’s also go back several generations. One of their long treasured objects is a plaque attributed to Frederik van Frijtom - who is Holland’s most renowned painter of seventeenth century Delft faience and oils, which can now represented to a new generation of collectors and appreciators.

TEFAF Maastricht is widely regarded as the world's leading fair for art, antiques and design. Featuring 275 prestigious deals from some 20 countries, TEFAF Maastricht is a showcase for the finest art works currently on the market. TEFAF Maastricht's upcoming edition will  run from Thursday March 10 through Sunday March 19, 2017.

Dutch Delftware has been handmade in Holland for more than 400 years. It began when trade with Italy, Spain and Portugal brought earthenware to the Netherlands. By the seventeenth century the Dutch East India Company had introduced Europe to Chinese porcelain and exports flourished as the West strived to duplicate the Chinese formula for fine blue and white porcelain. When war in China interrupted the trade, potters in Delft expanded their businesses to create earthenware versions of ‘porcelain.’ At the height of production The Guild of Saint Luke counted almost 40 factories in the small city of Delft. They were innovative and adapted to fill the needs of clients all over Europe, with the elegant term ‘faience’ becoming synonymous with ‘delftware.’ The word “Delftware” has long been associated with a visit to Holland.

For over 135 years Aronson Antiquairs has sought to carry the very finest examples of Delft in the full range of forms and patterns, from the extremely rare black Delft to Japanese Imari designs and the instantly recognizable blue and white and Chinoiserie motifs in dishes, figures, vases, bowls and plaque forms. Robert Aronson is chairman of the Royal Dutch Antique Dealers Association and he recently provided sponsorship support to the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague to show a distinguished collection of antique Delft titled “Delftware Wonderware.”


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By Heidi Ellison

March 14-15, 2009

Robert Aronson’s enthusiasm for his specialty, Dutch Delftware, is contagious. “This is our strongest and most diverse collection in many years,” he says, and that’s saying something, since the Amsterdam-based family business, Aronson Antiquairs, has been in operation for 128 years.

One of the many standouts Aronson is showing at Tefaf is a monumental oval-shaped blue and white Delft flower vase (c. 1690-1700) from Drayton House in Northamptonshire, England. “This is exciting first of all because of its size,” he says. “It’s one of the bigger vases known.” He has managed to trace its whereabouts from the moment it was purchased in Delft as it passed through various aristocratic homes over the centuries. “This particular type of vase has never been seen before,” he says. “It was unknown until I bought it last year.”

The vase is one of a group of six 17th- and 18th-century Bloemenvazen (flower vases) that Aronson will be showing. With their characteristic “spouts” to hold individual flowers, they were first made in the 17th century, when expensive, hard-to-obtain tulips were all the rage. This example is one of the grandest types, a “flower pyramid,” made mostly for the Dutch and English court of King William III (1650-1702) and Queen Mary II (1662-1694).

Another example is a pair of four-tiered blue and white Delft pyramid flower vases (c. 1695), probably from the collection of Sir William Jolliffe (1660-1749), one of William III’s supporters, which are painted with allegorical figures representing the four seasons. “This elegant pair is typical of Dutch Delftware and speaks to the imagination of many people,” says Aronson.

He is also showing three examples of rare black-glazed Delftware, made in the late 17th and early 18th century, when all that was exotic was the height of fashion. “There are only 65 known pieces, mostly in museum collections,” says Aronson. “It’s amazing to have three of them at once.”

This is just a sampling of the wide variety of pieces Aronson is showing. Details on the entire collection can be found in the handsome 128-page catalogue produced for Tefaf, with 84 full-color illustrations.

Aronson, the fifth-generation owner of the company, inherited his passion for his profession from his father but has given this old business a modern twist rarely seen in the antique business, with e-commerce (customers can buy objects directly from the gallery’s Web site); high-tech digital design, layout and printing of catalogues; and an environmentally conscious art-fair stand with LED lighting that drastically reduces electricity consumption.