Aronson’s has always been doing business with museums all over the world. Amongst the first institutional buyers were the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Musée National de Céramique in Sèvres, outside Paris, The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Chicago Institute of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Some museums contain collections of Dutch Delftware mainly or in a large part formed by one of the five generations Aronson, like the collection of the Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede or the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Over the past two decades Aronson’s has become even more international and we have seen our client based shift from around 20% international 25 years ago to 80% international nowadays. Robert D. Aronson, fifth generation owner of the gallery, has helped many international museums find specifically what they were looking for to ‘tell their story.’ Also he was involved and gave advice in deaccessioning parts of collections or he played a role in bequeathing collections to museums.
Over the course of a year and a half I called half a dozen colleagues and each and everyone of them pointed to Robert. Robert helped us find the object fitting our requirements. If you don’t have the curatorial expertise in house, you are able to go out and find it with Robert Aronson.
James Ballinger, director Phoenix Art Museum
More recently at Aronson, we are proud to have played a key role in curating the exhibition ‘From Ruisdael through Frytom‘ at the recently founded Royal Delft Museum in Delft. Working closely with the museum’s curatorial team, we drew on our expertise in Dutch Delftware and on the knowledge of collections around the world. We were together able to select and showcase some of the most exquisite pieces by Frederik van Frytom. In addition, we helped procure many loans from other museums and private collectors, bringing together the most stunning array of objects painted by Van Frytom, which showcase the refinement that he was able to bring to his objects. All in all almost 30 pieces, ranging from many plates, dishes and plaques in various shapes and sizes. The exhibition had various layers of information and an accompanying catalogue was published.
It was an honor to collaborate with the Royal Delft Museum, and we are thrilled to have played a part in bringing this exhibition to an international audience. The exhibition ran from November 2022 through March 2023.
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