skip to Main Content

Pair of Blue and White Figures of Seated Dogs

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show the Delft potter's interpretation of their beloved four-legged friends. Dogs have been beloved human companions for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt, dogs were used for hunting, and they were domesticated over 10,000 years ago in the Far…

Detail Of The Dollhouse Of Petronella Oortman, Ca. 1686 - Ca. 1710, Rijksmueum, Amsterdam

Dollhouses and Delftware Miniatures

According to the French anthropologist and ethnologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, miniature, that is to say the reproduction of an object in a reduced scale, is an art work that changes our relationship to the world. Its small size allows us to apprehend the object as a whole, as miniatures have an “intrinsic aesthetic quality”. They change…

Delftware Vase On Yellow Background

De Paauw (The Peacock) Factory

In 1651 De Paauw (The Peacock) factory was established. Painted on the facade of the building was the founding year and a beautiful blue and black peacock. The symbol became a trademark for the factory and was repeatedly used as a decorative motif on objects. When the factory first opened, it operated with only one…

Antique Red Stoneware Teapots Explained By Aronson Antiquairs

Red Stoneware Teapot

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show this red stoneware teapot from circa 1715, which was made by Jacobus de Caluwe. Although the trade of Chinese porcelain by the VOC (Dutch East India Company) became difficult from around 1650, because of the civil unrests…

Colorful Delft Blue

Since the early 1900’s modern ceramics produced in various Dutch and even German cities were popularly called ‘Delft Blue.’ These objects continued the successful tradition of seventeenth and eighteenth-century products from the city of Delft. While the antiques gained attention from both national and international collectors and researchers, the modern factories grew their assortment and also…

A Fantasized Orient

The Dutch East India Company (VOC) imported tens of millions of pieces of porcelain during the two centuries of its existence (1602-1799) and flooded the country with Chinese and Japanese tablewares. The decoration on these exotic porcelains gave a glimpse of a far away culture that many could never visit; it took almost a year to reach by ship.…

Large Blue and White Tobacco Jar

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show this large blue and white tobacco jar with brass cover from circa 1795. The large tobacco jar is painted with two Indian chieftains smoking a pipe standing next to a covered tobacco jar on a pedestal. They…

Delftware Brush Backs

Brush backs are rare surviving utilitarian objects that were made by Delft potters in imitation of the more expensive silver prototypes. Intended as clothes brushes, these practical objects were “often given as bridal gifts [and] may bear a date or a monogram, but since they were not signed, the makers...remain anonymous”.[1]  They were made by…

Havard Faience De Delft Book

Henry Havard’s Studies on Delftware

The work of the French art historian Henry Havard paralleled the rising appreciation and collection of Dutch Delftware in the mid to late nineteenth century. Born in 1838 in the Burgundy region of France, Havard was a radical figure in his youth. During the early years of the second empire, Havard participated in a revolutionary…

Charger Chinoiserie Design

Milk and Blood Porcelain and Delftware

Melk en Bloed, “Milk and Blood,” is the Dutch name for a special decoration on East Asian porcelain, in which the colors iron-red and gold dominate. These porcelains were imported from East Asia for only a short period of about 30 years in the early eighteenth century. Although Chinese Milk and Blood porcelain wares are…

Back To Top
X