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Delftware Flower Vases

In 1677, Mary Stuart (1662-1694), daughter of James, Duke of York and future James II, arrived in Holland after a treacherous journey from England. She was fifteen years old, and had just married her cousin, William III, stadholder of Holland. With her animated and personable demeanor, the Dutch people quickly developed an adoration for Queen…

2069 Blue And White Delftware Plate Men In Smithy

Blue and White Blacksmith Plate

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this interesting blue and white plate! Decorative Delftware plates, such as the present example, were intended to be displayed on etageres, in glass cabinets or on walls. The representations on the plates are varied, and…

The Tudor Rose on Delftware

The Tudor rose, which is sometimes also called the Union rose, is the traditional floral heraldic emblem of England. Its name and origins come from the House of Tudor, which united the House of Lancaster and the House of York. The Tudor rose consists of five white inner petals, representing the House of York, and…

Pair of Polychrome Pike Tureens and Covers

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this pair of polychrome pike tureens, which is marked for Petrus van Marum, the owner of De Romeyn (The Roman) factory from 1754 to 1764. In the middle of the eighteenth century, Delft potters quickly…

‘t Fortuyn (The Fortune) Factory

The ‘t Fortuyn (The Fortune) factory was started in 1661 by Joris Jansz. Mesch, and was located on Lange Geer alongside De Metaale Pot (The Metal Pot) and several other Delftware factories.1 The factory enjoyed a long and successful existence, although a portion of the history and employee details can only surmised because the factory…

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…

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