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Aronson Antiquairs bringing important Ivan B. Hart Collection of rare 18th Century Dutch Delftware Animals to TEFAF Maastricht

At The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, The Netherlands, March 15 – 24, ROBERT ARONSON of ARONSON ANTIQUAIRS (, will be showing some of the world’s most important examples of Dutch Delftware, every object illustrated and discussed in a catalog, the twelfth in the last decade published by the 131-year old Amsterdam firm.

ARONSON 2013 TEFAF 24 piece 18th century IVAN B HART Collection of Dutch Delft animal figures and objects

This year’s star attraction at the Aronson stand is an important collection of twenty-four pieces of 18th Century Dutch Delftware from the collection of Ivan B. Hart, including what Robert Aronson says, “Is the strongest collection of rare 18th Century Delft Animal Figures to enter the market in many decades.” Hart was a Dutch native who founded the Hart Wool Company in Amsterdam in 1929.

Robert Aronson says, “My grandfather knew Ivan B. Hart as a true patron of the arts. While born in Winschoten, the Netherlands, Hart moved his company to Boston in 1938 and soon branched out to Australia and Argentina.”

“Art and antiques dealers often maintain a personal relationship with clientele and their families. It is not uncommon for dealers to know several generations and actually become friends over decades. Dealer and client share an emotion, a passion; the love and interest for a specific field or object type – or several. This has been the case between the Hart and Aronson families.”

“Ivan B. Hart collected many different types of animal figures,” Aronson adds. “Perhaps the most exceptional is the extremely rare and important Polychrome Squirrel squatting on its haunches with a yellow curly coat and tail delineated in iron-red and nibbling a blue fruit held in his forepaws. Seated on a green base molded with grasses, the Squirrel’s body is modelled to simulate fur and covered with a yellow glaze. It dates to the first quarter of the 18th century.”

For over 130 years Aronson Antiquairs has sought to carry the very finest examples of Delft in the full range of forms and patterns, from the extremely rare Black Delft to Japanese Imari designs and the instantly recognizable Blue and White and Chinoiserie motifs in platters, figures, vases, bowls and plaque forms. The word “Delftware” has long been associated with a visit to Holland.
“Regardless of whether you visit us at TEFAF, come to our galleries in Amsterdam or shop at our web sites at and there is truly no greater way to learn about and enjoy Dutch Delftware. No one has greater access to the best pieces entering the market. And it is always our pleasure to help new collectors gain the knowledge and confidence they need to build a truly satisfying collection.”


The World’s Leading Art and Antiques Fair
15 – 24 March 2013
Daily March 15 – 23 11am – 7pm
Sunday March 24 – 11am – 6pm

Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre
Forum 100 6229 GV Maastricht
The Netherlands

Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 39

Mail: P.O.Box 15556
NL-1001 NB Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel. +31 20 623 3103
Fax +31 20 638 3066
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