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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

Blue and White Armorial Tobacco Jar

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this extraordinary blue and white armorial tobacco jar! This tobacco jar is painted with the coat of arms of the Dutch Republic. It shows a lion holding a sword and arrows. In 1578, during the Eighty Years' War, the States General ordered this new great seal representing the lion, the…

Blue and White Armorial Tobacco Jar

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this extraordinary blue and white armorial tobacco jar! This tobacco jar is painted with the coat of arms of the Dutch Republic. It shows a lion holding a sword and arrows. In 1578, during the Eighty Years' War, the States General ordered this new great seal representing the lion, the sword and the 17 arrows combined. This seal stayed in use until 1795. The arrows originally presented the seventeen provinces in the low countries. However, only seven provinces remained free from Spain. The sword symbolizes the determination to defend their liberty of the Dutch, and the coronet their sovereignty. During the revolution, the Napoleonic years and the restoration the coats of arms was replaced by a ‘Maiden of Freedom’ and the French Imperial Eagle. It was not until 1813, when the French…

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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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