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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D1780. Pair of Blue and White Biblical Dishes

Delft, circa 1780

Each marked LPK in blue for De Porceleyne Lampetkan (The Porcelain Ewer) factory

Each painted in the center with the story of Jacob and Esau depicting Jacob offering a bowl from a cauldron on the hearth at the left to the seated archer Esau, all above the inscription “Gen: 25. vs 27.”, the rim decorated with a border of stylized floral scrollwork patterned with dots and stripes.

Diameters: 34.5 and 35 cm. (13.6 and 13.8 in.)

The story of Jacob and Esau is one of the most familiar of all of the accounts of Jacob’s life in the Book of Genesis (Chapters 25-33). Jacob was the younger of the twin brothers born to Isaac (the son of Abraham and Sarah) and Rebekah. According to tradition, at their birth he grasped the heel of his brother Esau who emerged first, red and hairy. (In Hebrew, the name Esau means “hairy” or “rough” and Jacob means “heel-catcher” or “he who follows on the heels of another.”) The brothers possessed very different temperaments: Esau became a cunning hunter and was loved by his father, while Jacob was homier and the favorite of his mother. One day Esau returned from a day of hunting, exhausted and hungry, and implored his brother for a bowl of the red lentil stew he was preparing. Jacob, seizing on the opportunity, offered to exchange the meal for Esau’s birthright (the privilege of being recognized as the firstborn), and the famished Esau carelessly agreed.

Years later when the aged Isaac had become blind and concerned about his own death, he decided to bestow his blessing of the birthright on Esau. He dispatched Esau to trap and cook a piece of game to celebrate the blessing, but while Esau was hunting, Rebekah dressed Jacob in Esau’s clothing and covered his arms in goatskin to simulate his hirsute brother. Although cleverly disguised when he approached his father’s bed, Jacob did not immediately deceive his father, who pronounced, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau!” (27:22). Nevertheless, after Jacob declared deceitfully that he was indeed Esau and Isaac had consumed the food and wine Jacob had offered him, he blessed his younger son, “Behold, thy dwelling shall be in the fatness of the earth, and the dew of heaven from above” (27:39).

Returning from the hunt, Esau discovered the deception, and both he and Isaac were dismayed, but Isaac could not rescind his blessing and could only promise Esau that “By thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass that when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off your neck” (27:40).