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“According to the inventories, these ‘portable gardens,’ as well as most of Queen Mary’s ‘Delft porcelain’ were often displayed in rooms with direct access to the garden.” – read more

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).

Visit the dedicated AR page by clicking the button below, see the video to see how it works and 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 is a magical experience.

OBJECT OF THE MONTH

2204 Blue And White Oyster Dish

Blue and White Oyster Dish

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show this blue and white oyster dish from circa 1695. The dish is marked for Adrianus Kocx, the owner of De Grieksche A (The Greek A) factory from 1686 to 1701 and is painted with a Tudor Rose. Traditionally this sort of dishes were ascribed as spice or sweetmeat dishes. Although somewhat…

2204 Blue And White Oyster Dish

Blue and White Oyster Dish

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show this blue and white oyster dish from circa 1695. The dish is marked for Adrianus Kocx, the owner of De Grieksche A (The Greek A) factory from 1686 to 1701 and is painted with a Tudor Rose. Traditionally this sort of dishes were ascribed as spice or sweetmeat dishes. Although somewhat similar in shape, the current dish is an oyster dish. Already in Roman times, oysters were eaten. Oysters have a long tradition in the culinary history of the Netherlands. In the seventeenth century a lot of fish was eaten, even at breakfast (the economy was partly based on fishing), and there was also a large consumption of mussels and oysters. Unlike today, oysters were not associated with wealth and luxury in those days. It was only later that oysters were…

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RECENT ARTICLES

One Of A Pair Of Tulip Vases, Circa 1689-1694, Adrianus Kocx, Royal Collection Trust (inv. No. RCIN 1082) © HM Queen Elizabeth II 2021

A Passion and a Fashion; Queen Mary II’s Delftware at Hampton Court Palace

During her brief five years as joint British monarch with her husband William of Orange, Queen Mary II furthered the collecting habit that she had…

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Monteith, Probably Delft, Tin-glazed Earthenware, Painted With Indecipherable Marks In Cobalt Blue On Base, Ca. 1695. 6 3⁄4 X 131⁄4 In. (17.15 X 33.66 Cm), 67.103, Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, Massachusetts. Photography By Penny Leveritt

Fashion Informs Function: The Fantastical Monteith

This odd-looking Dutch Delftware form is called a “monteith.” Monteiths were large bowls with scalloped rims that allowed wineglasses to suspend in chilled water. Their…

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The Delft Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The initial donation of a Delft eighteenth century plate in 1882 to the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art (renamed the Philadelphia Museum of…

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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

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.

Toledo Museum Of Art
Toledo Museum of Art

The Toledo Museum of Art is located in the Old West End neighborhood of Toledo, Ohio. Edward Drummond Libbey, a…

Groninger Museum
Groninger Museum

    The Groninger Museum is a modern and contemporary art museum located in Groningen, the Netherlands. Founded in 1847…

Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton University Art Museum

    Princeton University is one of the oldest collecting institutions in the United States. The origins of the collection…

Stedelijk Museum Vianen, The Netherlands
Stedelijk Museum Vianen, The Netherlands

  The Stedelijk Museum is located in the town of Vianen, near the Dutch city of Utrecht. The museum forms…

Amerongen Castle, The Netherlands
Amerongen Castle, The Netherlands

  Amerongen Castle is one of the great Dutch houses from the seventeenth century, with the house, garden, and furnishings…

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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