Pair of Miniature Blue and White Bottle Vases

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to show you this pair of miniature blue and white bottle vases from circa 1700. During the Golden Age of Holland, miniatures were often sold at annual markets or kermissen and were called poppengoed (doll’s ware). Rapidly, they…

The Rococo Fever

The exorbitantly decorative rococo style of architecture and interiors swept through Europe in the eighteenth century. The style began in France during the reign of Louis XV, and quickly spread to other parts of Europe, particularly Bavaria, Austria, Germany and Russia. The style was a reaction against the more formal and geometric style of Louis…

Antique Dutch Pottery Blue And White Chamfered Square Plaque

Blue and White Chamfered Square Plaque

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to show you this stunning plaque. Did you notice there is a typical Dutch windmill located among the buildings on the far bank, but that is also shows an Asian pagoda? Already in the seventeenth century Holland was…

Delftware Candlesticks

Before electrification, candles were the main source of light after dark. However, they were considered a luxury, even in the well-to-do home, thus the expression ‘the game’s not worth the candle,’ which highlights the fact that lighting a candle was like burning money itself. Tallow candles, made of animal fat, were the most commonly used…

Delft Ware Blue And White Dragon Jar

Blue and White Dragon Pattern Jar

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white covered ovoid jar painted boldly around the body with four scaly dragons. The jar bears the unidentified IW mark, which is probably for probably for Theodorus (called Dirck) Witsenburgh, the owner of…

Albertus Kiell

In the second half of the eighteenth century, De Witte Starre (The White Star) factory changed hands several times. One owner, Albertus Kiell, made an indelible mark on the Delftware industry during his lengthy period of employment. Kiell was born to Johannes Albertusz Kiell and Magdalena Catharina van Breugel in the village of Den Briel…

Blue and White Armorial 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 armorial plate. The plate was commissioned at De Metaale Pot (The Metal Pot) factory during the ownership of Lambertus van Eenhoorn, from 1691 until 1721, or his widow Margaretha Teckmann until 1724.…

The Export of Delftware in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Producing millions of objects per year, the Delftware industry mainly found its market outside of Delft, a small city with only 24,000 inhabitants at the end of the seventeenth century.1 Delft potters were not dependent on passing travelers to distribute their products abroad, and Delftware was sold throughout Europe via domestic and foreign merchants.2 In…

Blue and White Garniture

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white garniture. The garniture was made at De Drie Posteleyne Astonne (The Three Porcelain Ash-Barrels) factory, around 1690. Although Delftware initially was inspired on Chinese porcelain wares, the decoration of this garniture shows…

William Blathwayt

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Delftware was not only sold in the Netherlands, but was also exported to the surrounding countries. At the end of the seventeenth century, England was a major buyer of Delftware despite the embargo placed on Dutch Delftware imports in 1672 to support the country’s own ceramic production. However, the…