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Preserving Pennies – Delft Money Banks

With the introduction of coin money in the Netherlands by the Romans, saving coins began. Over the centuries, skilled craftsmen from various backgrounds contributed to the creation of money banks, which eventually became integral to the diverse range of products crafted in Delft potteries during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These charming ceramic money banks…

Polychrome Money Bank

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to highlight this stunning polychrome money bank from circa 1760. The invention of the piggy bank originates to over 600 years ago in the fifteenth century when people would use pots to store what money they had.…

Blue and White Plate

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to highlight this captivating blue and white deep plate from circa 1730. The well of the plate is painted with two travelers walking toward another seated beneath a tree before a cliff on a river bank and…

Gibraltar

  An impressive large Delft plaque in the Aronson collection shows the Twelfth Siege of Gibraltar, an historic event between a Spanish-French fleet and combined Anglo-Dutch forces in 1704-1705 (Fig. 1).  The scene is rather remarkable, because despite the triumph of the Anglo-Dutch fleet, the Dutch Republic suffered a humiliating end. This article explores the…

Blue and White Cartouche-shaped Rectangular Tray

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to highlight this blue and white tray, as discussed in the main article in our newsletter from April 2024. Trays have been utilized for serving drinks and food since ancient times. The prevalence of trays in daily…

Delft Trays

The emergence of tea and coffee culture in the Dutch Republic led to a notable expansion in the diversity of household goods. The increasing popularity of these beverages presented lucrative opportunities for manufacturers of related objects.(1) While beverages like beer, spirits, water, or wine merely required a bottle or jug and glasses for consumption, coffee-…

Jacobus Halder Vaas

Polychrome Petit Feu and Gilded Figural Vase and Cover

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to highlight this Polychrome Petit Feu Gilded Vase. This vase beautifully combines the free undulations of the Rococo and exotic chinoiserie decorations. The foot, bottom and top of the vase are built up entirely of rocailles, and…

1881. Jacobus Halder Coffeepot

The Artistry of Jacobus Halder

In 1658 'De Grieksche A' (The Greek A) transformed from a beer brewery into a pottery factory, retaining its name and flourishing into one of the most successful potteries in Delft. Under various skilled and innovative owners, the factory produced high-quality Delftware well into the last quarter of the eighteenth century. Its success is underscored…

Robert looking at two vases sold by his grandfather

Pioneering Ceramics at the Prinsenhof in Delft

At the Museum Prinsenhof Delft, a treasures of Delft earthenware awaits visitors. The 17th-century passion of Delft pottery makers attempting to create Chinese porcelain gave rise to a new product: Delft Blue. Thus began a flourishing period for ceramic artistry emanating from Delft. Building upon the museum's collection of pottery from the 17th and 18th…

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…

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