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…

Polychrome Embracing Couple Group

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show this polychrome embracing couple group from circa 1765. This embracing couple group is marked for Jacobus Adriaansz. Halder, who was the owner of De Grieksche A (The Greek A) factory from 1764 to 1768. His style was…

Antique Wine Cooler

De Grieksche A (The Greek A) Factory

De Grieksche A (The Greek A) factory was founded in 1658. It was located on the site of a former brewery in the center of Delft, on the east side of the Geer (today Lange Geer) around the Rotterdamsche Poort. The succession of owners have each contributed to the prestige of the factory, making it…

Tureen

Polychrome Putto and Goat Tureen and Cover

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show this polychrome putto and goat tureen, from circa 1765. Its cover is modeled as a reclining goat with a coat finely delineated in manganese, accompanied by a naked putto. By the middle of the eighteenth century dining…

Delfts Aardewerk Eregalerij Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

The Delftware Collection of John F. Loudon

At the end of the nineteenth century, there were few pieces of Dutch Delftware in Dutch museum collections. Although some museums actively started collecting Delftware, the collections were small and of little significance. At that time, the most interesting collections of Delftware objects, in both quantity and in quality, were passionately assembled by private collectors.…

Pair Of Polychrome Biblical Plaques

Delftware Produced in Dutch Tile Factories

Faience was made throughout Europe, yet until around 1900, anything that looked typically Dutch was labeled Delftware. It was not until between 1910 and 1920 that a reasonable distinction was made between Dutch, German and Scandinavian material.[1]  Further, a distinction also had to be made between Dutch Delftwares, since not all Delftware was actually made…

Polychrome Figure Warming Hands

Polychrome Figure of a Man Behind a Stove

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show this polychrome figure of a man behind a stove, made around 1765 in the city of Delft. Small genre figures of this type, often modeled as artisans, craftsmen or market folk, were inspired largely by German porcelain…

De Drie Posteleyne Astonne Factory

One of the earliest factories to be established on the Geer in Delft, variously known as De 3 Astonne, De 3 Vergulde Astonnekes or De 3 Posteleyne Astonne (The Three [Gilded or
 Porcelain] Ash-Barrels), was founded in 1655 by Jeronimus Pietersz. van Kessel, who died only five years later. Van Kessel’s widow ran the factory…

Blue And White Sugar Caster And Cover

The History of Sugar

Sugar, also called White Gold is indigenous to the South Pacific. It was first introduced to South America in 1493 by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage to the New World, where the tropical weather was favorable to its development. Rapidly, sugar plantations, which were made profitable by African slave labor arose, and the industry…

Blue And White Small Bowl

Blue and White Small Bowl

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you one of the hidden gems of this year’s collection: a blue and white small bowl. This early bowl, made around 1670, is painted around the exterior with three medallions decorated with chinoiserie scenes of men…