2014 – Delft Blue and white tall vase with cover, c. 1660
Artist: Unknown Dutch
Medium: Faience stoneware
How this work was acquired:
Museum purchase with funds provided by Friends of European Art and Collector’s Study Club, 2014
Over the past year Friends of European Art and the Collector’s Study Club have worked together toward the goal of acquiring for the Museum a significant example of 17th century Dutch Delft faience pottery. This effort culminated with the purchase of a beautiful circa 1660 blue and white tall covered jar in exquisite condition. As members of each organization researched sources for such a purchase, all roads led to Aronson Antiquairs of Amsterdam as the most respected gallery in the field. Following much communication, Robert Aronson suggested several wonderful works which were viewed by three members of the Collector’s Study Club with James Ballinger at the New York Winter Antiques Show in January. Attending this great antique fair was an experience in itself, surrounded by celebrated antique dealers from the U.S. and Europe.
The purpose for this specific project was to complete an installation concept for the Museum’s Dutch gallery. Our goal was to visually demonstrate how the great porcelain tradition of China influenced the creation of Delft factories in Holland, which in turn inspired potters in other European countries. Our Museum’s collection contains many spectacular examples of Chinese blue and white porcelain which were coveted by the Dutch beginning in the 16th century. In addition, we own an excellent 18th century blue and white English barber’s bowl inspired by the Dutch tradition. The Museum’s installation could not demonstrate the full story because we lacked a high quality example of Dutch Delft.