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Dining à la Française

The dinner table, as with all aspects of the decorative arts, is subject to changing fashions. As the structure of meals has evolved over time, the table settings and decoration have followed suit to complement the variations in each tradition. Beginning in the fifteenth century, a formal meal became increasingly divided into numerous courses. Typically,…

Blue And White Delftware Ewer

Blue and White Delftware Ewer

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month a rare and interestingly modelled ewer by Lambertus Cleffius! Unlike his contemporaries, whose production is characterized by horror vacui, Lambertus Cleffius preferred spare decoration, as can be seen on this ewer. Although the shape was already known in the Netherlands in…

Asian Influences On Delftware

Asian Influences on Delftware

Despite the Portuguese importations of Asian goods starting in the early sixteenth century, Chinese porcelain was rarely seen in Europe before 1600. The small quantities of porcelain that were imported to Europe were rare and expensive, and almost exclusively collected by the nobility. In 1600, the market for Chinese porcelain changed significantly when the Dutch…

D1593 Pair Of Cashmere Palette Reeded Small Vases

Pair of Polychrome Cashmere Reeded Vases

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month a beautiful pair of vases in a very rare palette! The delicate grand feu decoration on this pair of vases was in the middle of the 19th century given the descriptive title ‘cashmere’ for its likeness in color, and exotic, dense…

Polychrome Fluted Oval Barber's Bowl

Polychrome Fluted Oval Barber’s Bowl

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this utilitarian object! Other than often assumed, the round or oval depression at the side of a barber’s bowl was not intended to house a piece of soap but rather a shaving ball. The barber…

Blue and White Plate

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white plate! As early as the late 15th century, exotic animals were collected by Europeans to be kept in their menagerie. It is known that innkeeper Jan Westerhoff had built a menagerie…

De Roos (The Rose) Factory

De Roos (The Rose) factory was built on the west side of Noordeinde street in Delft in 1661. A lease from 1662 offers an early glimpse of a well-run company in its infancy. The lease states that for example the tenant was obliged to maintain the kiln with certain tools and to take care of…

Celebrating Roberts Birthday With Ella Schaap On November 1st, 2019

Ella Schaap (1913-2021)

Mrs. Ella Schaap was honoured, respected and revered when I entered the business as a 19 year old boy; Ella was a lady in her late seventies at that time. Author of amongst others titles as ‘Three Delft Pieces in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’ (1967), ‘Dutch tiles in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’ (1984)…

Polychrome Figure of a Seated Spaniel

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this cute polychrome figure of a Spaniel! The origins of the Spaniel (in old-Dutch Spioen) can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Its name refers to Spain, where many dog breeds were created or…

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