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Blue and white pyramidal flower vase Delft, circa 1690

Pyramidal Tulipière
Delft, circa 1690
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Jacobus Schoemaker Doyer, Van Speijk In The Powder Room (1807 - 1867), Oil On Canvas, Amsterdam Museum, SB 4849

Commander Van Speyk

Preserving History: Van Speyk's Portrait on a Delft Dish On February 5, 1831, now 193 years ago, Dutch naval history was made when hero Jan C. J. van Speyk detonated…

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Equestrian Elegance

Delft Faience Horses as Art and Symbol Horses have forged a unique and enduring connecting with humans due to their  remarkable blend of intelligence, elegance, and strength. Initially hunted, the…

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Beyond borders

Dutch seaborne trade and the spread of Delft faience in the Baltic region   (Fig. 1) Tulipière, Delft, circa 1690, marked AK for Adrianus Kocx, owner of 'De Grieksche A'…

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J. Kilian (1716-1744) A Delftware Shop With Female Staff.

Leading Ladies

The leading Ladies of the Delft pottery industry in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Based on sixteenth and seventeenth century travel reports, Dutch women were bossy, decisive, dominant, imperious, and…

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OBJECT OF THE MONTH

Commemorative plate Van Speyk

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to highlight this Commemorative plate with the portrait of Commander J.C.J. van Speyk. Orphaned in his youth, Van Speyk, originally trained to become a tailor, embarked on a seafaring life and gained entry into the Royal Dutch Navy in 1820. Following several years in the East Indies, where he earned the moniker…

Commemorative plate Van Speyk

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to highlight this Commemorative plate with the portrait of Commander J.C.J. van Speyk. Orphaned in his youth, Van Speyk, originally trained to become a tailor, embarked on a seafaring life and gained entry into the Royal Dutch Navy in 1820. Following several years in the East Indies, where he earned the moniker 'Schrik der roovers,' (fear of the robbers). Van Speyk assumed the role of commander aboard gunboat N2 during the Belgian uprising. 193 years ago, in 1831, this Dutch naval hero J.C.J. van Speyk banged himself into history by detonating his ship. Read more about Van Speyk in our in-depth-article from February 2024.   D2499 Commemorative plate Delft, circa 1831 Attributed to 'De Drie Klokken' (The Three Bells) factory Decorated in the center with a portrait of Commander J.C.J. van Speyk…

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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.

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.

Suntory Museum Of Art, Tokyo
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…

Gruuthusemuseum, Bruges
Gruuthusemuseum, Bruges

The Gruuthusemuseum is located in Bruges, Belgium. The museum houses its collection in the medieval Gruuthuse, this used to be…

Kröller-Müller, Otterlo
Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

The Kröller-Müller Museum, nestled within the serene expanse of National Park De Hoge Veluwe in Otterlo, Gelderland, The Netherlands, is…

Musée Des Beaux-Arts, Reims
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims

The Museum of Fine Arts in Reims, France opened its doors in the city’s town hall in 1794. The foundation…

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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