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Imari Palette Charger

Polychrome and Gilded ‘Imari-Style’ Charger

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this polychrome and gilded 'Imari-style' charger, which is marked for Pieter Adriaensz. Kocx, the owner of De Grieksche A (The Greek A) factory from 1701 to 1703, or his widow Johanna van der Heul, the…

Antique Dutch Pottery Delftware Dishes

Fans on Delftware

For centuries, fans have been used for both utilitarian and ceremonial functions. The fan originated in Asia, and was first used for cooling more than 2,000 years ago during the Zhou Dynasty. The exotic objects were brought to Europe by trade travelers in the sixteenth century. Fans were also seen in the decoration on Chinese…

William Cavendish’s Delftware Collection

The popularity of Delft earthenware in England reached a peak in the last decades of the seventeenth century under the influence of Queen Mary II of England and her Dutch husband King-Stadtholder William III.1 In 1700, there were three hundred noble families in England, each with their own newly obtained coats of arms. Many of…

Pair of Strawberry Dishes and Stands

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this pair of blue and white strawberry dishes. What a joy it must have been to attend a dinner at a wealthy family in the eighteenth century. Not just a delight to be able to taste such foods,…

Mythological Scenes on Delftware

Ancient mythological stories featuring Greek and Roman gods have been leading sources of inspiration for painters since the Renaissance, when interest in the culture, philosophy and literature of classical antiquity skyrocketed. Mythological stories, in addition to Christian motifs, were widely depicted in the visual arts well into the Baroque and Rococo periods. Ovid’s Metamorphoses is…

Blue and White Plaque

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white plaque, from circa 1760. Made in the city of Rotterdam (probably Schiedamschedijk), the plaque shows two cobblers seated at their bench and sewing shoes. At their feet is a recumbent dog and a…

Blue And Manganese Delftware Wig Stand

Delftware Wig Stands

Delftware was produced in numerous forms and functions, some of which remain unclear today. One example of such objects are the so-called wig stands, which are designed as a sphere supported on a stem above a foot. The French, and especially King Louis XIV, dictated one of the most fashionable and unusual accessories of the…

Blue and White Model of a Sleigh

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white model of a sleigh, from circa 1770, which is marked for De Klaauw (The Claw) factory. The sleigh ride was a quintessential, and often necessary form of winter entertainment. During treacherous winters, the…

Biblical Delftware

The Eighty Years' War (1568-1648), or the Dutch War of Independence, transformed the Netherlands and gave birth to the Dutch Republic. The war grappled with freedom of religion and conscience, the right to self-determination and the right to participation. The leitmotif of the war was the emerging reformation and the fact that the Spanish king,…

Antique Kraak-style Jar At Aronson Antiquairs

Blue and White Kraak-Style Ovoid Jar

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to show you this blue and white kraak-style ovoid jar from circa 1700. From approximately 1605 to 1635, the VOC mostly imported Chinese porcelain known as ‘Kraakporselein’ (Kraak-porcelain) to Holland, a name that possibly derived from the Portuguese…

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