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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1446 Pair Of White Delft Figures Of A Young Lady And Gentleman

Pair of White Delft Figures of a Young Lady and a Gentleman

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this lovely pair of white Delft figures of a young lady and a gentleman from circa 1775.

Over the centuries, Dutch Delftware has been produced in many different guises, from plain white to brilliantly polychrome. Art historians have during a long time considered White Delft or ‘Delfts wit’ as a functional product. The existence of delicate figures like this pair testifies that plain white faience could also have a decorative function. Not only figures of animals but also figures of people were produced by the Delft potters in the color of the white glaze without any additional colors applied on it. They would for example be displayed as table ornaments or in a cabinet where they would accompany other pieces of Delftware but also sometimes Chinese porcelain.

Although many white Delft figures were inspired by the Chinese blanc de chine porcelain that was imported to the Netherlands in the mid-seventeenth century onwards, the creation of this particular model was most likely influenced by the white figures made in the porcelain factories of Höchst, Frankenthal or Meissen. Although no direct prototype have been found for these figures, it is well-known that many white Delft rond de bosse figurines have been created after Hochst models.

This present pair bears similitudes to models that have been conceived by the Hochst master Johann Peter Melchior (1747-1825). His work, which is characterized by his graceful and sentimental figures, mainly drew its inspiration from the paintings of Boucher and the writings of Rousseau. Melchior was fond of ornamenting the hats and dresses of his figures of girls and ladies with bows of the type found on the present figure. As for the costume of the young man with its lace, jabot and long jacket, the style is much closer to the creations of Johann Johachim Kaendler (1706-1775), who worked at Meissen from 1731 until his death. Kaendler was one of the most talentuous modellers of the Meissen factory. Like Melchior, his work was celebrated for its refinement and sophistication.

Wether in porcelain or in faience, these remarkable figures are long lasting descendants of beautiful decorating sculptures formerly made of sugar paste and wax that were displayed on the dessert tables.


Pair of White Delft Figures of a Young Lady and a Gentleman
Delft, circa 1775

The young lady wearing a hat ornamented with a double bow repeated on the ruffle-edged sleeves of her bodice, and over her skirt an apron with a ruched edge and a double-bowknotted sash forming a pocket at the front supporting one end of the parasol (?) held in her left hand, her head slightly tilted to the left; the young man with his hair tied en queue, wearing a jabot at the neck of his waistcoat, and a coat over knee breeches, holding a tall glass in his right hand and a bottle in his left; and each standing on a low mound base.

Heights: 11.2 and 11 cm. ( 4 3/8 and 4 5/16 in.)

Price: € 4.500 (appr. GBP£ 3,900  or export US$ 4’500)