Scenes Of Overindulgence

Scenes of Overindulgence

Still lifes, portraits and landscapes predominate in seventeenth century paintings. In the Low Countries, genre paintings enjoyed a distinct popularity, with paintings showing scenes of ordinary people engaged in common activities. Scenes of drinking were a recurring theme in Dutch genre painting beginning in the sixteenth century. Reveling peasants and country people at the tavern…

Pieter Adriaensz. Kocx & Johanna Van Der Heul

Pieter Adriaensz. Kocx & Johanna van der Heul

On January 24, 1701, the Kocx family celebrated a momentous occasion. The day marked the transfer of ownership of the prosperous factory De Grieksche A (The Greek A) from Adrianus Kocx to his son, Pieter Adriaensz. Kocx. A festive dinner attended by the entire staff was organized to celebrate the event.[1] Pieter van Hurk, who…

Blue And White Commedia Dell’Arte Figure

Blue and White Commedia dell’Arte Figure

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white Commedia dell’ Arte figure. Marked with an asterisk and JB in blue for Justus de Berg, who was recorded as a potter at De Witte Ster (The White Star) factory, the…

The Distribution Of Dutch Delftware

The Distribution of Dutch Delftware

Although quite a lot is known about the history and production of Delftware, one lingering question has been how these objects were distributed. Where were they sold after they left the factory? Many times, the pottery was sold directly from the factory. Delft factory owners often lived in buildings that faced the street, while the…

Decorations In ‘Petit Feu’ Colors

Decorations in ‘Petit Feu’ Colors

The colorful Imari and Kakiemon Japanese porcelain wares reached the Netherlands between 1660 and 1670. They were immensely popular in the Western market, yielding high prices and inspiring Delft potters to emulate the colorful designs. In particular, Delft potters were driven to reproduce the delicate pastels of the Kakiemon porcelains, experimenting with various color and…

Majolica Polychrome Plate

Majolica Polychrome Plate

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this majolica polychrome plate. Made in the city of Haarlem around 1630, this majolica plate is the forerunner of Delftware. The plate is painted in the center in the typical colors used on majolica - ochre,…

Frederik Van Frijtom

Frederik van Frijtom

Delftware painters were among a highly esteemed group of craftsmen, whose expertise and creativity determined the look of the finished earthenware pieces.[1] Unfortunately, many of their names have been lost throughout history because they did not sign their work and the records for the potteries refer almost exclusively to the factory owners. One rare exception…

The Nijstad Collection

The Nijstad 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. In 1862, Abraham Nijstad (1835-1903) began a humble antiques business in…

Pair Of White Delft Figures Of A Young Lady And A 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…

Adrianus Kocx

Adrianus Kocx

De Grieksche A (The Greek A) is considered as one of the most famous and prestigious Delftware factories of the Dutch Golden Age. The different owners have contributed, each their own way, to build what became a real institution. From 1678 to 1685, Samuel van Eenhoorn masterfully managed the factory that he had previously inherited…