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⚠️ Please note that TEFAF Maastricht has been shortened from it usual duration, after private previews on March 7 & 8, the show will run from the 9th through Thursday 14th

Commemorative plate Van Speyk

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to highlight this Commemorative plate with the portrait of Commander J.C.J. van Speyk. Orphaned in his youth, Van Speyk, originally trained to become a tailor, embarked on a seafaring life and gained entry into the Royal Dutch…

Jacobus Schoemaker Doyer, Van Speijk in the powder room (1807 - 1867), oil on canvas, Amsterdam Museum, SB 4849

Commander Van Speyk

Preserving History: Van Speyk's Portrait on a Delft Dish On February 5, 1831, now 193 years ago, Dutch naval history was made when hero Jan C. J. van Speyk detonated his own ship. As we approach the anniversary, it's an opportune time to share this narrative, which is greatly illustrated by a Delft faience commemorative…

Nancy Lancaster in the entry hall of Haseley Court photographed by Sir Cecil Beaton, source https://flowermag.com/NANCY-LANCASTER-DITCHLEY-HASELEY-KELMARSH/

Cecil Beaton’s Photographic Legacy: A Glimpse into the Elegance of Nancy Lancaster and Dutch Delftware

Renowned photographer Cecil Beaton, celebrated for capturing the essence of beauty and sophistication, left an indelible mark on the world of photography. His lens, known for its discerning eye, skillfully portrayed subjects in a way that transcended mere imagery. One captivating photograph by Beaton showcases the timeless elegance of Nancy Lancaster. An influential figure in…

D8871 Pair of Polychrome Figures of Prancing Horses Delft, circa 1760

Pair of Polychrome Figures of Prancing Horses 

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to highlight this pair of polychrome figures of prancing horses. Horses have forged a unique and enduring connecting with humans due to their  remarkable blend of intelligence, elegance, and strength. Initially hunted, the horse earned admiration, prompting…

Equestrian Elegance

Delft Faience Horses as Art and Symbol Horses have forged a unique and enduring connecting with humans due to their  remarkable blend of intelligence, elegance, and strength. Initially hunted, the horse earned admiration, prompting humans to recognize their utility. Over time, horses became invaluable as diligent workers, a source of pleasure in sports, and even…

Beyond borders

Dutch seaborne trade and the spread of Delft faience in the Baltic region   (Fig. 1) Tulipière, Delft, circa 1690, marked AK for Adrianus Kocx, owner of 'De Grieksche A' (The Greek A) from 1686 until 1701, Collection of Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Inv. nr. Inv. nr 1891-282   The mother of…

Blue and White Jar and Cover

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to highlight this blue and white jar from circa 1700. The present jar can be attributed to De Drie Postelyene Astonne (The Three Porcelain Ash- Barrels) factory under the ownership of Gerrit Pietersz. Kam based on its…

J. Kilian (1716-1744) A Delftware shop with female staff.

Leading Ladies

The leading Ladies of the Delft pottery industry in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Based on sixteenth and seventeenth century travel reports, Dutch women were bossy, decisive, dominant, imperious, and exceptionally clean.(1) While these claims were likely exaggerated, they would have stemmed from the astonishment over the extensive freedom enjoyed by Dutch women compared their…

Oval-Shaped Blue and White Plaque  Delft, circa 1765

Oval-Shaped Blue and White Plaque

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to highlight this Oval-Shaped Blue and White Plaque. 't Fortuyn (The Fortune) factory experienced its peak of popularity during the second half of the eighteenth century. In 1753 Pieter van den Briel bought the factory from Adam…

Manganese Delft tureen, cover and stand

Large Manganese Tureen

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to highlight this large, complete and special tureen from circa 1780. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries fine dining was an exceedingly important social ritual, and the accompanying accessories were reflective of the owner’s status. The well-laid…

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