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Polychrome Fluted Oval Barber's Bowl

Polychrome Fluted Oval Barber’s Bowl

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this utilitarian object! Other than often assumed, the round or oval depression at the side of a barber’s bowl was not intended to house a piece of soap but rather a shaving ball. The barber…

Blue and White Plate

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white plate! As early as the late 15th century, exotic animals were collected by Europeans to be kept in their menagerie. It is known that innkeeper Jan Westerhoff had built a menagerie…

Polychrome Figure of a Seated Spaniel

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this cute polychrome figure of a Spaniel! The origins of the Spaniel (in old-Dutch Spioen) can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Its name refers to Spain, where many dog breeds were created or…

Blue and White Armorial Tobacco Jar

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this extraordinary blue and white armorial tobacco jar! This tobacco jar is painted with the coat of arms of the Dutch Republic. It shows a lion holding a sword and arrows. In 1578, during the…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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 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…

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