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Aronson found a pair of polychrome figures of horses at a Antique Show from circa 1765

Delftware Highlights at the Winter Antique Show : Pair of Polychrome Figures of Horses, Delft, circa 1765

From the 20th to 29th of January, the 63rd edition of the Winter Antiques Show in New York will be held. The Winter Antiques Show is the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America , featuring over 70 of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts.

Before the fair begins, we would like to present every day one of the highlights that will be displayed on Aronson Antiquairs’ s booth. Today, we would like to present this beautiful pair of polychrome figures of horses, circa 1765.

Each marked with an axe in iron-red for De Porceleyne Byl (The Porcelain Axe) Factory

Each with a brown-spotted hide and manganese eyes and hooves, brown ears and mane, and wearing a yellow saddle outlined in blue over a yellow- fringed and -tasseled manganese saddle blanket and a tasseled brown net across the back fastened with iron- red straps, modeled affronté, walking with one foreleg and one hind leg raised above the green top of a rectangular base with notched corners and canted sides marbleized in yellow, manganese and iron-red.


22.4 and 22.2 cm. (8 13/16 and 8 3/4 in.)

Private German collection, Cologne, until 2010; Aronson Antiquairs, Amsterdam, 2000

Note : 

From 1700, the Delft potters started to experiment with moulds for modelling. This led to the production of a multitude of rond de bosse figurines. The naturalistic animal figures were inspired from the porcelain and faience centres of Strasbourg, Meissen, Chantilly, etc. This pair of horses was probably intended as ornaments to be displayed in glass cabinets or etageres

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