Pair of Blue and White Miniature Figures

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this pair of blue and white miniature figures from circa 1700. Chinoiserie is a term used to describe Western art, ceramics, furniture, and architecture designed to evoke Chinese motifs and techniques. Two factors had a significant impact…

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…

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…

Blue and White Bottle Vase

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white bottle vase, from circa 1700. The vase is marked for Lambertus van Eenhoorn, who was the owner of De Metaale Pot (The Metal Pot) factory from 1691 until 1721. The delicately decorated vase…

Delftware Factory Marks

Beginning in the early 1680s, Delft potteries began to mark their wares with either the pottery owner’s initials or the name of the factory. While not every object from this period is marked, it is possible to gain an understanding of the technical and artistic achievements of specific factories based on the marked wares from…

Nicolaes Berchem

Nicolaes Pietersz Berchem (1622-1683) was a prolific Dutch painter and draughtsman, producing over 800 paintings and at least 57 etchings.[1] His work was greatly esteemed and prints after him are numerous. These prints were used as wall decoration, were collected in books but also were used by artists as models. Undeniably, prints by or after…

Majolica Polychrome Charger

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this majolica polychrome charger, made around 1630  in the city of Haarlem. In the sixteenth century, many potters from Antwerp migrated to the northern Netherlands and established themselves in various cities. By 1600, the city of Haarlem…

De Witte Ster Factory

Located in the west side of Oude Delff street, De Witte Ster (The White Star) factory was formerly a brewery. In 1660, two brothers-in-law, Willem Cleffius and Gijsbrecht Lambrechtsz. Cruyck, combined their assets to purchase a portion of the brewery. The two men, one an Amsterdam merchant, the other a Delft potter, had the collective…

Orangist Delftware

Delftware objects displaying Dutch monarchs, royal coats of arms and symbols of the Royal House, such as the orange tree, are known as Orangist Delft. Amongst the first Orangist Delft were the painted tile portraits of Prince Maurice (the stadholder of all the provinces of the Dutch Republic except for Friesland from 1585 to 1625), Frederick Henry…

Tulip Mania

During the Dutch Golden Age, the craze for tulips was so high that their price exceeded the value of a canal house in Amsterdam. Several others tales illustrate the tulip phenomenon, although the line between fact and fiction is often blurred. In one exaggerated account from the 1630s, a sailor was imprisoned for eating a…