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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

Delftware Nursery Set

Polychrome Petit Feu Nursery Set

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show this polychrome petit feu nursery set. This delicately painted nursery set was made around 1725 in the city of Delft. It comprises a cradle, a high chair, a baby walker and a so-called 'bakermand' (nursery basket), which are all painted with so-called petit feu colors. The petit feu firing was one…

Delftware Nursery Set

Polychrome Petit Feu Nursery Set

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show this polychrome petit feu nursery set. This delicately painted nursery set was made around 1725 in the city of Delft. It comprises a cradle, a high chair, a baby walker and a so-called 'bakermand' (nursery basket), which are all painted with so-called petit feu colors. The petit feu firing was one technique that allowed Delft potters to expand their color palette, first used in the beginning of the eighteenth century. The technique requires three firings, allowing the potter to use colors that could not withstand high temperatures in the kiln during the second firing (grand feu). The gold and enamel paints were applied after the biscuit firing, the tin glazing and the transparent glaze that added extra gloss (with or without grand feu decorations). With the petit feu colors on top…

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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.

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…

Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg
Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg

The Zeeuws Museum is located in the town of Middelburg in the Dutch province of Zeeland.  The Koninklijk Zeeuws Genootschap…

Museo Nacional De Artes Decorativas, Madrid
Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid

The Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas (The National Museum of Decorative Arts) is located in the Spanish capital of Madrid.…

Museum Of Applied Arts And Sciences, Sydney
Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney

  The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS) is located in Sydney, Australia. The museum is comprised of the…

Holland Open Air Museum, Arnhem
Holland Open Air Museum, Arnhem

  The Holland Open Air Museum is located in the town of Arnhem. This museum focuses on everyday objects and…

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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Robert Aronson is certified accountmanager applied arts (toegepaste kunst) for the Landelijke Deskundigheidsmakelaar (LDM) part of the Dutch Police academy.

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