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.”


TEFAF Maastricht

Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 45-B

Mail: P.O.Box 15556
NL-1001 NB Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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‘…Nu, 125 jaar later, is Aronson Antiquairs dé wereldwijde spacialist op het gebied van Delfts aardewerk.’

(…Now, 125 years later, Aronson Antiquairs is the worldwide specialist in the field of Dutch Delftware.)

More Than Classic

Nr. 1 – 2006

‘De Amsterdamse Dave Aronson staat internationaal bekend als een van de belangrijkste handelaren op dit gebied. (Chinees porselein en Delfts aardewerk)’

(Dave Aronson from Amsterdam is known internationally as one of the most important dealers in this field. (Chinese porcelain and Dutch Delftware)


Summer 2005

‘Aronson Antiquairs at Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 39, forms another piece of the Amsterdam design bedrock. The shop, which dates back five generations, specializes in antique Delftware … but also stocks antique Chinese porcelain and a smattering of continental European furniture from the same era. … a secret museum of sorts for those in the know.’

Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens

January 2005

‘Aronson Antiquairs … zijn wereldspelers op het gebied van zeventiende- en achtiende-eeuws Delfts aardewerk. …Particulieren en musea uit Europa en de VS tellen duizenden tot honderdduizenden euro’s neer voor hun stukken.’

(Aronson Antiquairs … are worldplayers in the field of 17th and 18th century Dutch

Delftware. …Private collectors and museums from Europe and the US pay thousand to hundreds of thousands of euros for their objects.)

Het Financieele Dagblad

4 Dec. 2004

‘….. Aronson’s catalog, which assembles and interprets the pieces and their marks, is a must-have reference for delft collectors.’

Antiques and the Arts

Nov. 2004

‘Also memorable was the Dutch Delftware from the VanHyfte collection, shown by Aronson of Amsterdam. No finer assemblage of this colorful tin-glazed earthenware can be seen in any American museum….’

Maine Antiques Digest

writing about the International Show

in New York (October 2003)

January 2004

‘If you don’t get a chance to visit Delft, this antique shop is a good substitute. It specializes in Delft blue ware and Chinese porcelain.’


‘Amsterdam-based art dealer showcasing a collection of antiques such as figurines, plaques, saucers, and furniture dating back to the 17th century’

Encyclopaedia Britannica


At Aronson of Amsterdam, there are brilliant examples of Dutch delftware, among them a very rare 18th-century black basin charmingly adorned with floral motifs. (If you thought delft was all blue and white, you’re wrong.)’

The New York Times

January 17, 2003


‘Nieuwe Spiegelstraat has some of Amsterdam’s best antiques stores and art galleries. Here are some highlights’ …. ‘Aronson of Amsterdam has been the top Delft dealer in town since 1881. ‘

Departures Magazine

Published by American Express

for Platinum Card and Centurion

Card Members

January-February, 2000

‘Founded in l88l, this firm is well known for its superb collection of early Delft pieces from the l7th century and its vast array of polychrome animals, figures, plaques and chargers from the l8th century. High quality Chinese famille verte and famille rose (l662-1795) provide a stunning backdrop to a colorful and mouth-watering booth. Two of the fine famille rose vases are offered at $50,000 the pair. ‘

Artnet Magazine

January 21, 1998