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PASSION FOR DUTCH
DELFTWARE

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.

AUGMENTED REALITY (AR)

Céline and Robert studying a pair of 17th century Delftware tulipvases

Now you do not need to see the actual object, you may study an ever growing portion of our collection in Augmented Reality (AR).

See the video below, click on the AR logo in the menu bar or visit this page to learn more about this wonderful new technology. Try it out by clicking the AR logo to the top right of the revolving object besides and discover that it truly a magical experience.

OBJECT OF THE MONTH

Polychrome Fluted Oval Barber's Bowl

Polychrome Fluted Oval Barber’s Bowl

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this utilitarian object! Other than often assumed, the round or oval depression at the side of a barber’s bowl was not intended to house a piece of soap but rather a shaving ball. The barber would have asked his customer to put this small wooden ball in his mouth between…

Polychrome Fluted Oval Barber's Bowl

Polychrome Fluted Oval Barber’s Bowl

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this utilitarian object! Other than often assumed, the round or oval depression at the side of a barber’s bowl was not intended to house a piece of soap but rather a shaving ball. The barber would have asked his customer to put this small wooden ball in his mouth between his cheek and gum while foaming him up and shaving him, in order to get a closer shave. The oval depression on the side of the bowler also made the bowl fit the throat of the customer, which had as result that no soap fell on his clothes. From the middle ages onward the barber did not only shave your beard. Since he made both his knives to shave beards, and axes, and sharp surgeon knives and scissors and the…

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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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