The Astonia collection carries a rich history, inspired by the tich decorations of the past, as seen on a lidded pot from the earthenware pottery De Drie Posteleyne Astonne. This exquisite lidded pot with intricate decoration dates back to approximately 1695. The Royal Delft Museum has a similar vase, without a lid, in its collection that showcases the splendid decorative style of De Drie Posteleyne Astonne. The designers of Royal Delft drew inspiration from this beautiful decoration. The Astonia collection by Royal Delft comprises six different pieces, including a magnificent hand-painted lidded pot, two hand-painted vases, and a hand-painted Proud Mary.

NEW: Astonia Vase

This beautiful Astonia vase is the latest addition to the existing Astonia collection. The vase is handmade by the craftsmen in the studio in Delft. Her beautiful shape makes her an indispensable eye-catcher in any interior. The rich decoration of the Astonia vase shows beautiful birds in combination with different types of flowers.


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The Drie Posteleyne Astonne

De Drie Postleyne Astonne, a pottery factory in the 17th century in Delft, was founded by Jeronimus Pieterszoon van Kessel in 1655 on the east side of the Lange Geer in Delft. This was the first of four pottery bakeries that would eventually settle at that location.

After the death of the founder in 1660, the company was sold. In 1667, shared ownership was created between Gerrit Pieterszoon Kam and Wouter van Eenhoorn, the owner of the Greek A, also a well-known pottery in Delft. Both gentlemen liked to be inspired by Asian designs, this is reflected in the items in the Astonia collection.


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Chinese influences

Around 1600, blue-and-white Chinese porcelain first appeared on the Dutch market and quickly became popular. Because white porcelain could not be produced in Europe, imitations with opaque white glazes quickly emerged in Delft pottery that attempted to imitate the original. This influence remains visible in the deskelpot, on display in the Royal Delft Museum, from the end of the seventeenth century, in which the shapes and motifs of exotic Asian porcelain still provide inspiration.

The Chinese influence is noticeable in the pot shape with a flat, overhanging lid and the motif around the bottom edge. Although the head decoration of birds amid flower vines may have been borrowed from Chinese porcelain, it could also have come from Asian textiles. De Drie Posteleyne Astonne produced such pieces in the last quarter of the seventeenth century, under the leadership of Gerrit Kam and his son Pieter, who liked to be inspired by Asian objects.