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TEFAF Maastricht will be held at the Maastricht Exhibition and Conference Center (MECC) from March 5th through 15th, 2020.

Polychrome Tea Canister Galleon

Polychrome Rectangular Tea Canister

In every newsletter we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show this polychrome rectangular tea canister. This tea canister was probably made around 1740 at De Twee Romeinen (The Two Romans) factory on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam. It is painted with manganese delineated galleons with full…

Prent De Kwaarter Uit De Plateelbakker

Invaluable source: Gerrit Paape

In the ceramics world, Gerrit Paape is renowned for his 1794 treatise De Plateelbakker of Delftsch Aardewerkmaaker (‘The Faience Potter or Maker of Delftware’). This publication, his sole work on Delftware, outlined many aspects of the eighteenth-century process of producing Delftware, making it an invaluable source of information about the industry. However, De Plateelbakker was…

Landschap Met Schip, Bootje En Kerk

The Importance of Waterways. Shipping Delftware in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

The abundance of waterways in the Netherlands have served as a thriving transportation system for centuries. These waterways were the most important links between the various merchant cities in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Transport and storage companies were established along the quays, from where the ships set course for other cities.1 When Delft brewers…

Blue And White Delftware Bowl Flower Vase Flowers

Flowering Heights

Dutch Delftware thrived in the late seventeenth century under the patronage of Queen Mary II, who was passionate about Chinese blue and white porcelain and its local counterpart. The Delft factories also responded to the Queen’s love of gardens, and they developed the technical skills and virtuosity in the production of all sorts of ’vases…

Majolica Bowl. Blue And Orange

The Birth of Dynasties

The Delftware industry originated in the early fifteenth century when Dutch potters were first introduced to maiolica (or majolica). The high quality ceramics were imported to the Netherlands from various cities in Italy and Spain, and Dutch potters began to emulate the wares for their own market. One of the most renowned Dutch families to…

Petit Feu Plate With Flowers And Bow

Polychrome Petit Feu and Gilded Plate

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show this polychrome petit feu and gilded plate. This delicately painted plate was made around 1730 in the city of Delft. It is executed in the so-called petit feu technique. The petit feu firing was one technique…

Delftware Blue And White Vases

Extraordinary Pair of Delftware Flower Vases

Wednesday evening December 11, 2019 will go into the Delftware history books. During the exciting evening in Paris, France, an exceptional pair of blue and white segmented flower pyramids from the late seventeenth century was sold from the collection of Count De Ribes for €1.069.000 or almost $1,2 million, exceeding their €150.000 - €250.000 estimate…

Musée De La Céramique De Desvres

Delftware as Inspiration for Northern French Ceramic Centers

Seventeenth and eighteenth-century Delftware was inspired by many other ceramic centers. Sources of influence included Southern European wares, such as maiolica and Faenza, the much coveted Chinese porcelain wares and later the Northern European ceramic centers, such as Nevers and Meissen. Of course, Delftware was also inspirational for these same ceramic centers. Some examples of…

Painting By Johannes Vermeer City Of Delft

The City of Delft in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Nowadays, the city of Delft is synonymous with its earthenware that was produced in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Although it is still somewhat of a mystery why Delft became one of the main centers of faience production in the seventeenth century, it is interesting to explore the social, political and cultural climate in which…

Polychrome Recumbent Delftware Cows

Pair of Polychrome Figures of Recumbent Cows

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show this pair of polychrome figures of recumbent cows, made in Delft around 1765. The Delft potters were inspired by a seventeenth-century tradition. Each year the Butcher’s guild in Holland would hold a parade on the day…

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