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…

‘Wapengoet’: Armorial Wares

‘Wapengoet’: Armorial Wares

The wide assortiment that the Delft potters offered their clients contained also so-called ‘wapengoet’ or ‘armorial wares’, which were often commissioned for special occasions, such as a birth or a wedding. Made in Spanish lustreware and Italian maiolica since the fifteenth century, these objects have a long and storied history. The style was adopted in…

Blue And White Bottle Vase

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, which is delicately painted with a bird in flight between a stand of lotus and a flowering prunus branch. Being marked SVE 2/ in blue for Samuel van Eenhoorn, this…

Lambertus Van Eenhoorn

Lambertus van Eenhoorn

Like many Dutch Delftware factories, De Metaale Pot (The Metal Pot) factory originated as a brewery. In 1639, administrators of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) bought the building that was located on the Lange Geer, and used the space to house one of their chambers. About thirty years later, Lambertus Cleffius, who also owned…

Sweetmeat Dishes

Sweetmeat Dishes

In the seventeenth and eighteenth century the potters in the city of Delft created magnificent sets of small plates, which were assembled surrounding a central star-shaped dish. In literature, these sets are often described as ‘rijsttafel’ sets. Rijsttafels, or literally ‘rice tables’, were created by the Dutch colonialists in Indonesia in the seventeenth century who…