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

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 Oriental potters.

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.

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

Since 1881 the Aronson family have brought to market the highest quality Delftware.

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Series or Single Hand Painted Month Plates

OBJECT OF THE MONTH

Blue and White Plaque

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white plaque, from circa 1760. Made in the city of Rotterdam (probably Schiedamschedijk), the plaque shows two cobblers seated at their bench and sewing shoes. At their feet is a recumbent dog and a seated cat on the tiled floor. Shelves holding fashionable shoes and a table with tools…

Blue and White Plaque

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white plaque, from circa 1760. Made in the city of Rotterdam (probably Schiedamschedijk), the plaque shows two cobblers seated at their bench and sewing shoes. At their feet is a recumbent dog and a seated cat on the tiled floor. Shelves holding fashionable shoes and a table with tools decorate the background of the shop. The blue and white tile floor is painted in perspective, and was probably done to exhibit the artist’s skill. Similar marble floors were used in Dutch genre-interiors in the middle and third quarter of the seventeenth century. Notable to the craft are the straps along the cobblers’ legs, with which they attach the shoes firmly to their knee to facilitate their work. Although the print source for this plaque is unknown, there are similarities…

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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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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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Aronson Authentic Delftware plates in beautiful gift boxes
Authentic Delftware plates in beautiful gift boxes

Museum Quality Delftware

Over the past decades several generations of the Aronson family have been able to procure the rarest and often unique Delftware objects. These objects still are of museum quality, even though some now reside in private collections, besides those in the international public domain. The combined force of these objects becomes apparent when they are placed side by side. This virtual exhibition of the finest objects measures up to the greatest international collections.

Céline Ariaans and Robert Aronson at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Dutch Delftware

Because of its remarkable diversity of shapes, the delicacy of the decoration and the gaiety of its colors, Dutch Delftware became the source of inspiration for many ceramic centers throughout Europe, which endeavored to work in the Delft style (history).

Since 1881 and over five generations Aronson Antiquairs has shared the passion for Dutch Delftware with private collectors and museum and corporate curators around the world. The Aronson family members have strived to gain and maintain the confidence of its clientele to collect the finest Delftware available.

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Discover the Delftware World

On this website dedicated to antique Delftware and everyone influenced by it, we share the latest news, information that is either nice-to-know or if you are a loyal follower even need-to-know. Also you will be able to find information on museums internationally that display Delftware objects or publications writing about the subject. We invite you to visit the website and see our world from a different angle.

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