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Pair of Polychrome Cartouche Shaped Plaques

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to show you this Pair of Polychrome Cartouche Shaped Plaques from circa 1790. The “porcelain paintings,” as they were referred to in household inventories, were intended to be admired as if they were paintings on panel, canvas…

A Recalibration of Attributions

Attributing marks to the Witte Ster (the White Star) factory and in particular to a specific persons, has been difficult over the years due to limited archival material. Henry Havard, a French art critic and researcher made the first attempt to attribute marks when he produced a catalogue for the Delftware collection of the famous…

D1757 Polychrome Delftware Plaque

Polychrome Shield-shaped Plaque

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to show you this polychrome shield-shaped plaque from circa 1760. This plaque is a great example of the trompe l'oeil (deceive the eye) technique. "A trompe l'oeil is meant to create an optic illusion. Already in the Roman…

Delft and Disaster

Natural disasters have wreaked havoc on civilizations throughout time. The effects of devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria are still felt today. On a smaller scale, a recent earthquakes in the Dutch province of Groningen was very impactful for the people involved. Although rare, several earthquakes were reported in Western Europe in the seventeenth century.…

Two blue and white Delftware teapots, Object of the Month June 2023

Blue and White Teapots

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to show you these two Blue and White Teapots from circa 1750. Tea and coffee first appeared in Holland in the last quarter of the seventeenth century. The precious tea leaves were imported from China by the…

English Delftware

Delftware is a popular term applied not only to tin-glazed earthenware made in the city of Delft, but in many other production centers within the Netherlands and beyond, especially in England. Starting in the early seventeenth century, English earthenware was called ‘Galleyware,’ later 'White Ware' and subsequently known as Delft or more common 'English Delftware'.…

A pair of urns, Delft, attributed to Adrianus Kocx, 1689–94, h. 23.6 cm, Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire NT 452218 © National Trust Images/Robert Morris

Diplomacy, Politics and Warfare on Delftware at Dyrham Park

In the 1690s, English courtiers ordered elaborate Delft flower vases and garden pots for display in their palaces and gardens filled with costly exotics as visual evidence of their loyalty to the new Dutch monarchs William III and Queen Mary II. Their inspiration was Hampton Court Palace, and in particular the pavilion, known as the…

D2332 Polychrome Plaque

Polychrome Plaque

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to show you this polychrome plaque from circa 1735. The sun is staring to shine and temperatures are rising, it is spring! Following their wintertime dormancy, all plants start growing again at this time of year. In…

Polychrome Petit Feu Figure of a Laundress

Every month we present you a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month, we would like to show you this Polychrome Petit Feu Figure of a Laundress from circa 1765. In the 1800s, washing garments was a time-consuming task. The majority of household instructions suggested soaking the garments in water overnight. Clothing would be…

The Young Nightingale

In 1723 The Greek A Factory (De Grieksche A) made at least three plates depicting the ship De Jonge Nagtegaal (The Young Nightingale— nightingale being the translation of the Nagtegaal family’s name), two inscribed “schipper Henderik Jacobs Nagtegaal van Amelant Anno 1723 D 10 April” and one where Jacobs is spelled Jakos.1 The ship flies…

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