Passion for Dutch Delftware

When Chinese porcelain was introduced in Europe around 1600 it ignited the production of ceramics in the Dutch city of Delft. Rapidly the most skilful Delft factories, such as De Grieksche A, De Paeuw or De Porceleyne Fles, led the production and decoration of Delft faience to such a degree of perfection that its success spread around the entire European continent and even back to China. (history).

Robert D. Aronson, director of Aronson Antiquairs in Amsterdam

Robert D. Aronson

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.

Robert Aronson, specialist in 17th and 18th century Dutch Delftware and a “master in Delft blue” (magazine Residence) has “some of the world’s most sought-after example of rare Dutch Delftware” ( The Financial Times recently wrote that Delft at Aronson’s are “collectables to be discovered” and the Wall Street Journal calls them “exquisite antique examples” in their article “Delight in blue and white.

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“The range of colors seen on 18th century Delftware were achieved through various techniques, using skills honed throughout many years. Not every paint color could be realized in a single firing process, and there were often several rounds in the kiln. Ceramics painted with grand feu colors of blue, green, and yellow were fired at a high temperature of about 1000 degrees celsius. Emaille colors and gold were fired in the petit feu at 600 degrees celsius. And finally, cold painted decorations, as the name states, were not fired at all. In this article we would like to take closer look at cold painted decorations in two groups: objects with blue, green and yellow decoration that were fired at high temperatures before the red lacquer was applied, and objects covered in a white tin glaze that received a cold painted decoration either subsequent to their firing, or many years later.” Read more.

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“At Aronson of Amsterdam, there are brilliant examples of Dutch delftware …
(If you thought delft was all blue and white, you’re wrong.)”


– The New York Times.



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