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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…

Detail of print by Pieter van den Berge, 1708, collection Rijksmuseum (RP-P-1894-A-18223)

Teapots

A print by Pieter van den Berge from 1708 gives a perfect impression of the increasing popularity of drinking tea in the Dutch Republic in the course of the 17th century. With the practice the need for appropriate accoutrements also grew. As the print shows, tea was consumed slightly differently than today. Hot water was…

Blue and White Figure Emblematic of Winter

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white emblematic figure of Winter. The youth, wearing a soft hat, an open jacket and baggy breeches, has his hands tucked into his waistcoat to protect himself against the cold. This model…

Cashmere Color Palette

Exotic scenes on Delftware Warm, intense colors; rich, dense patterns; landscapes with lush plants and exotic animals, the pair of vases above exude an exotic feel. While they might not seem to be typically Dutch, you might be surprised because the vases were made in Delft around 1700, using the cashmere color palette. Characteristic of…

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Polychrome Model of a Child in a High Chair

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this polychrome model of a child in a high chair, from circa 1770. Traditionally Delft little high chairs and other models of nursery furnishings, such as cradles and fire baskets, were given as gifts to celebrate an engagement…

Kendi in the kraakporselein style, Porcelain (hard paste), China, 1635-45. Gift of Leo A. and Doris C. Hodroff 2000.0061.076

The Kendi as a Source of Worldwide Fascination

Although kendis—handle- less bottles featuring small-tipped, often bulbous spouts—are not a form common to European and American material culture, they long have been popular in Asia. Regional names for such vessels include kondi (Sumatra), gendi (Java), kindi (Kerala, India) and the Malaysian kundikâ. Kendis were produced since antiquity in Southeast Asia. The Chinese began making…

Blue and White Octagonal Sugar Caster

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 octagonal sugar caster from circa 1710. 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…

2204 Blue and White Oyster Dish

Blue and White Oyster Dish

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show this blue and white oyster dish from circa 1695. The dish is marked for Adrianus Kocx, the owner of De Grieksche A (The Greek A) factory from 1686 to 1701 and is painted with a Tudor…

Delftware Milk Monkey Aronson

Polychrome Monkey-Form Milk Jug and Cover

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show this polychrome monkey-form milk jug and cover. The exotic and often comical monkey jugs, frequently intended as milk jugs with cheerful inscriptions on their bellies, enjoyed great popularity in Dutch Delftware. Jugs of this imaginative model…

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