Passion for Dutch Delftware
Since 1881, over five generations of the Aronson family have brought to market the highest quality Delftware. We confidently ensure that private collectors and museum and corporate curators will discover fully researched authentic Delftware at Aronson Antiquairs in Amsterdam.
From the 1680s the Delftware industry has constantly innovated with new shapes, decorations and functions. Their products were coveted by European nobility and royalty for their quality and diversity. The city of Delft rapidly became an inspiration to many European and even Oriental potters.
OBJECT OF THE MONTH
Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show you this blue and white tobacco jar, from circa 1790. The tobacco jar is marked with an axe for De Porceleyne Byl (The Porcelain Axe) factory. The decoration on this tobacco jar, depicting the obverse of the Great Seal of the United States is very rare and must have been a special commission for a numbered series of jars. The design of the Great Seal was intended to represent the thirteen original states, and the American bald eagle (the national bird) held thirteen arrows and an olive branch with thirteen leaves and olives, the shield contained thirteen stripes, in the aura above his head were thirteen stars, and the banderole "E Pluribus Unum” (“From Many, One”). The Delft painter, oblivious to the symbolism, simplified the details, and painted them in mirror image so…
IN OUR WEBSHOP
Over the past decades several generations of the Aronson family have been able to procure the rarest and often unique Delftware objects. These objects still are of museum quality, even though some now reside in private collections, besides those in the international public domain. The combined force of these objects becomes apparent when they are placed side by side. This virtual exhibition of the finest objects measures up to the greatest international collections.
RECENT BLOG ARTICLES
On this website dedicated to antique Delftware and everyone influenced by it, we share the latest news, information that is either nice-to-know or if you are a loyal follower even need-to-know. Also you will be able to find information on museums internationally that display Delftware objects or publications writing about the subject. We invite you to visit the website and see our world from a different angle.
Dutch Delftware played a pivotal role in the development of European ceramics in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The robust faience center of Delft was the result of two important currents of the time: the Italian production of majolica and the Chinese and Japanese wares that were imported by the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Through the influence of Queen Mary, the taste for painted Delftware spread rapidly through a wealthy European elite. Because of its remarkable diversity of shapes, the delicacy of the decoration and the gaiety of its colors, Dutch Delftware became the source of inspiration for many ceramic centers throughout Europe, which endeavored to work in the Delft style (history).
Since 1881 and over five generations Aronson Antiquairs has shared the passion for Dutch Delftware with private collectors and museum and corporate curators around the world. The Aronson family members have strived to gain and maintain the confidence of its clientele to collect the finest Delftware available.
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