The Splendor Of The Orient

The Splendor of the Orient

During the mid-nineteenth century, there was not only a fascination for the Orient and its exotic wares, but also a rediscovery of the Golden Age of Delftware, and European collectors and intellectuals developed a keen appreciation for the Dutch earthenware. This marked the first serious attempt to assemble, classify and study Delftware. The names given…

The History Of Garnitures And Its Influence On Interior Design

The History of Garnitures and its Influence on Interior Design

The history of garnitures is closely linked to the overall development of ceramics as a central element within the decoration of interiors. Although ceramic vessels began to be used for ornamental purpose in Florence during the Renaissance, this custom particularly spread out in Europe during the seventeenth century when the mania for imported Chinese porcelain…

Fancy A Cup Of Tea?

Fancy a Cup of Tea?

The Dutch East India Company (VOC) found in the faraway lands that they visited many treasures and commodities, that were uncommon at that time in the Netherlands. Besides the popular and desired import commodity Chinese porcelain, Asia’s botanical imports were arguably even more widely enjoyed, and had a greater economic impact than did any of…

Blue And White Cuspidor

Blue and White Cuspidor

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this beautiful blue and white cuspidor, which was made in the city of Delft around 1740. The word ‘cuspidor’ (kwispedoor) comes from the same word in Portuguese: cuspidouro, meaning ‘place for spitting’ and has its…

Chinoiserie Figures: Inspiration & Imitation

Chinoiserie Figures: Inspiration & Imitation

He only stands about 11 cm. (4 1/2 in.) tall, but the fierce expression and posture of this Delftware Chinese warrior figure make him not less impressive. In the seventeenth century and the beginning of the eighteenth century, the fascination for the Far East was triggered nationwide by the many curiosities that were brought home.…

Blue And White Figure Emblematic Of Winter

Blue and White Figure Emblematic of Winter

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white emblematic figure of Winter. The youth, wearing a soft hat, an open jacket and baggy breeches, has his hands tucked into his waistcoat to protect himself against the cold. This model…

Samuel Van Eenhoorn

Samuel van Eenhoorn

In 1678 Samuel van Eenhoorn inherited from his father one of the most famous and prestigious Delftware factories that history records, De Grieksche A (The Greek A). The family adventure started in 1658 when Wouter van Eenhoorn - Samuel’s father - bought what originally was a beer brewery. This particularly seasoned businessman already owned several…

Polychrome Model Of A Baby In A Cradle

Polychrome Model of a Baby in a Cradle

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this polychrome model of a baby in a cradle, dated circa 1765. The little baby lies comfortably in its bright yellow cradle. Of course, the yellow delineated in iron-red represents wicker, the perfect material to create…

Monkey Business In Dutch Delftware

Monkey Business in Dutch Delftware

With 2016 being the Year of the Monkey in Chinese astronomy, we would like to pay some extra attention to the monkey in Dutch Delftware objects. With their high intelligence and their humanlike behaviour in which we can recognize our own, monkeys and apes were either loved or hated. In art, from the fourteenth throughout…

The King Of The Waterfowl

The King of the Waterfowl

Over the centuries and throughout the arts the swan has symbolized beauty, elegance and perfection. Celebrating the popularity and the status of the noble swan, it is no surprise that historically the majestic bird often was chosen to decorate the table during a dinner party given by a prosperous family. As the hunt for this game…