Aronson Antiquairs will be presenting their 2018 collection at TEFAF Maastricht (MECC – March 10 through 18).
Presenting 275 of the world’s leading galleries from 20 countries, TEFAF Maastricht is a continuously evolving showcase for the best works of art currently on the market. In addition to the traditional areas of Old Master Paintings and antique Works of Art, you can see and buy at TEFAF Maastricht a wide variety of Classical Modern and Contemporary Art, as well as Jewellery, 20th Century Design and Works on Paper.
Amongst the highlights will be this pair of exquisite so-called ‘sample plates’, made in Delft around 1765.
This type of dishes or plates have indeed during a long time been considered as sample plates. According to De Jonge, these plates were used by potteries as advertising. However, there have been no archival records to support this assumption. Moreover, as Van Aken-Fehmers 1999 argues, the dishes show only a very small part of the production range of the potteries. Therefore, it is more likely that the decoration of these plates was inspired by Chinese porcelain of the Kangxi period. In particular, the Dutch painters probably used the decoration of loose objects, such as the “Hundred Antiquities,” the “Eight Precious Objects” or “Treasures.” These names refer to a collection of vases, boxes, tables, brush-holders and teapots arranged according to the whim of the painter.
To date, we have only been able to identify only seven identical so-called ‘sample plates’, most of them residing in museum collections.
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