Pair of Leaf-Shaped Salt Cellars

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. Since this month's newsletter is dedicated to all kinds of objects on the dinner table, we would like to present a wonderful pair of blue and white leaf-shaped salt cellars, from circa 1765. There is perhaps no natural substance upon which mankind has depended more…

‘Sur la Table’ in the 17th & 18th Century

Dining has a history of its own. From the fifteenth century onwards, a formal meal became increasingly divided into different courses. The meal began with a course of cold foods served from the buffet or sideboard, followed by hot dishes from the kitchen: roasts, pastries and soup. The meal would end with what would eventually…

Frisian Ceramics

For centuries the technique of making earthenware covered with a clear or colored glaze had been well known throughout the Middle East and Europe, but by the middle of the fifteenth century, during the early years of the Italian Renaissance, it was the Italian potters who developed the highest skills in the use of polychrome…

Blue and White Chinoiserie Kendi

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you a wonderful blue and white Kendi. Kendis were drinking vessels made in China for export to south-east Asian markets such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. They were designed to hold liquids, the shape protecting the…

Persian Blue

Around 1700 the Dutch pottery painters in Delft were experimenting with beautiful intense blue grounds. Nowadays, we call this ‘Persian Blue’ originally from the 'Bleu Persan'. By the end of the seventeenth century, potters were so skilled in keeping the tin glaze stable during the fire, that they could experiment with decorations. At some factories,…

The History of Underglaze Blue

It would seem rather impossible to speak of ceramics, either earthenware or porcelain, without paying tribute to the color blue. This story cannot be told without explaining the influence of the Middle East, which one can see in the early Chinese stoneware and porcelain production. The cobalt ore, needed to create the intense blue, was…

Pair of Blue and White Armorial Plates

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you a beautiful pair of blue and white armorial plates with the depiction of Cupids blowing bubbles with a mixture of soap, which would be kept in a mussel shell or wooden cup from which the bubbles were…

All Kinds of Vases with Spouts or Holes

It was in the late seventeenth century, under the patronage of Queen Mary II, who was as passionate about Chinese blue and white porcelain and its local counterpart, Dutch Delftware, as she was about her gardens, that the Delft factories developed their technical skills and virtuosity in the production of all sorts of ’vases with…

Delft & The Commedia dell’Arte

For centuries the Commedia dell’Arte (Italian Comedy) has been a source of inspiration for painters, printmakers and porcelain manufacturers throughout Europe. This had as result that the subject appeared almost in every medium of the fine and decorative arts. The Commedia dell’Arte was a form of comedy theater characterised by masked types which began in…

Persian Blue Spiced Wine Bowl and Cover

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. Since it is the holiday season we would like to show you a Dutch Delft object that is typical for around Christmas time: a ‘Persian Blue’ spiced wine bowl and cover. This bowl, dated circa 1700 and marked for De Paauw (The Peacock)…