Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this polychrome model of a child in a high chair, from circa 1770.
Traditionally Delft little high chairs and other models of nursery furnishings, such as cradles and fire baskets, were given as gifts to celebrate an engagement or a wedding (symbolic of the function of marriage and the wish for progeny) or especially a birth. They probably were made by a number of Delft factories over a period of many years, but it is interesting that, for example, the 1803 inventory of De Drie Posteleyne Astonne (The Three Porcelain Ash-Barrels) factory, of which the transcription is published in Van Aken-Fehmers 2001, p. 222, includes “7 vuurmantjes, 1 kintje in de wieg en 2 kinderen in de kakstoel” (“7 fire baskets, 1 child in the cradle and 2 children in the high chair”.)
This polychrome model of a child in a high chair from circa 1770 shows a baby wearing a manganese cap and orange-cuffed green jacket, seated in a yellow-wheeled hexagonal rolling chair with a tall pierced back. It is marked IVDuijn in manganese for Johannes van Duijn, who was the owner of De Porceleyne Schotel (The Porcelain Dish) factory from 1764 to 1772 or his widow Van Duijn Van Kampen, the owner of the factory from 1772 to 1773. The multifunctional wheeled high-chair, kakstoel, of hexagonal shape incorporates a feeding and playing tray, a seat with a hole and a chamber pot beneath, and a footrest with a brazier below to keep the child warm. The captivating life-size cut-out painting of a Child Asleep in a High Chair, circa 1654, by Johannes Cornelisz. Verspronck (circa 1597 – 1662) shows the foot warming brazier.
Polychrome Model of a Child in a High Chair
Delft, circa 1770
Marked IVDuijn in manganese for Johannes van Duijn, who was the owner of De Porceleyne Schotel (The Porcelain Dish) factory from 1764 to 1772 or his widow Van Duijn Van Kampen, the owner of the factory from 1772 to 1773
Modeled as a baby wearing a manganese cap and orange-cuffed green jacket, and seated in a yellow-wheeled hexagonal rolling chair, marbleized in manganese and blue with a tall pierced back.
Height: 13.6 cm. (5.3 in.)