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Robert looking at two vases sold by his grandfather

Robert D. Aronson looking at a pair of monumental vases
— Delft, circa 1690 —
sold by his grandfather Abraham (1916-1990) to the municipality of Delft in 1967 and now through Sept. 8
at Pioneering Ceramics
at Museum Prinsenhof, Delft

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Calendar

Delaware Antiques Show 2024: Opening Party Thursday November 14 | Run of show November 15 through 17
The Winter Show New York 2025: Opening Party Thursday January 23 | Run of show Jan. 24 through Feb. 2
TEFAF Maastricht 2025: Early Access on Thursday and Friday, March 13 and 14 | Run of show March 15 through 20

New collectors have a unique opportunity in the decorative arts to survey an accessible field, find an entry point they’re comfortable with, immerse themselves in research and exploration, and embark on a very enjoyable collecting journey.” — Robert Aronson in an interview for TEFAF Online

OBJECT OF THE MONTH

Polychrome Money Bank

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to highlight this stunning polychrome money bank from circa 1760. The invention of the piggy bank originates to over 600 years ago in the fifteenth century when people would use pots to store what money they had. In that time, metal was an expensive commodity and not frequently used for household equipment.…

Polychrome Money Bank

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to highlight this stunning polychrome money bank from circa 1760. The invention of the piggy bank originates to over 600 years ago in the fifteenth century when people would use pots to store what money they had. In that time, metal was an expensive commodity and not frequently used for household equipment. Household items such as plates and pots were made from an affordable clay called ‘pygg’. Therefore, whenever people had a few extra coins, they would simply drop it into their clay jars which they referred to as a ‘pygg’ bank or pot. During the time of the Saxons, vowels had different sounds to them, therefore Pygg would be pronounced as Pug. However, soon after the pronunciation of ‘y’ changed from a ‘u’ to an ‘i’, making clay ‘Pygg’ and the…

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PASSION FOR DELFTWARE

17th & 18th Century Delftware, Unique by Definition

HISTORY
Delftware has been a national symbol of Holland for almost 400 years. Initiated by the demand for the waning importation of Asian porcelain from the 1640s, Delftware quickly became an iconic national product and one of the greatest Dutch achievements.

PRODUCTION
From the 1680s the Delftware industry has constantly innovated with new shapes, decorations and functions. Their products were coveted by European nobility and royalty for their quality and diversity. The city of Delft rapidly became an inspiration to many European and even Asian potters.

COMPANY
Since 1881, over five generations of the Aronson family have brought to market the highest quality Delftware. We confidently ensure that private collectors and museum and corporate curators will discover fully researched authentic Delftware at Aronson Antiquairs in Amsterdam.

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

As Dutch Delftware played a pivotal role in the development of European ceramics in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it is represented in many museums worldwide. The robust faience center of Delft was the result of two important currents of the time: the Italian production of majolica and the Chinese and Japanese wares that were imported by the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Through the influence of Queen Mary, the taste for painted Delftware spread rapidly through a wealthy European elite. Read more about the Delftware collections in museums in this section.

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Koopmans – de Wet House, Cape Town

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The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

In northern England located in the town of Barnard Castle in County Durham the Bowes Museum is to be found.…

The Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts, Montreal
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is located in the cultural heart of Canada. Founded in 1860, this museum…

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Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo

The Suntory Museum holds a distinctive place in the vast cultural tapestry of Tokyo. It is recognized not only for…

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford was established in 1683, and is Britain’s first public museum and the…

VIDEO EXPLANATIONS

With the images, 3D renderings and descriptions of many of our Delftware objects on our collection page you will find explanatory videos. In these short videos Robert Aronson and Céline Ariaans tell more about shapes, decorations, uses, etc. If you find that a subject is under-represented, please let us know.

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