Call for Papers | The Rake’s Progress

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on March 9, 2012

The Rake’s Progress: Stravinsky, Hogarth, Hockney, Auden, and Kallman
The University of Colorado at Boulder, 26-27 October 2012

Proposal due by 1 May 2012

William Hogarth, "A Rake's Progress," plate 3, 1735

This conference will  be held in conjunction with the CU-Boulder Opera’s performances of The Rake’s Progress and the CU Art Museum’s exhibit, Hockney and Hogarth: Selections from the CU Art Museum’s Collection of British Art (featuring Hockney’s A Rake’s Progress, 1961-63). The program committee for the conference seeks papers relating to Stravinsky’s music, Hogarth and Hockney’s art, and/or Auden’s and Kallman’s libretto to The Rake’s Progress. The conference seeks to be interdisciplinary, and will consider relevant papers from the standpoint of music history, musical analysis, art and art history, aesthetics, literary studies, and stagecraft. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes, with ten minutes for further discussion. Those interested in participating are asked to submit a 500-word proposal in
MSWord or pdf format. E-mail by May 1, 2012 to

Delftware at Maastricht from Aronson Antiquairs

Posted in Art Market by Editor on March 9, 2012

Press release (29 January 2012) from Aronson Antiquairs:

Cashmire palette flower vases Delft, ca. 1700-20, attributed to Lambertus van Eenhoorn

At The 25th Annual European Fine Art Fair, TEFAF in Maastricht (16-25 March), Robert Aronson of Aronson Antiquairs of Amsterdam is showcasing a wonderful and diverse collection of Dutch Delftware, accompanied by a new publication. Aronson says, “Among my favorites is a unique pair of massive Cashmire Palette Flower Vases that I am doubly delighted to have now as they had been on the ‘wish list’ of my late Father, Dave Aronson, who died in 2007. In fact, we had eagerly sought to acquire them in the mid-90s. Now they are here, and we are thrilled to be able to offer them at TEFAF.”

Dave Aronson headed the now 130 year old Aronson firm since his own Father died in 1990. He also was chairman of the Executive Committee of The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht from 1999 through his passing in 2007. His son, Robert, joined the firm twenty two years ago, following a tradition that began with his great-great grandfather, Leon, who founded the specialist firm in 1881. Robert Aronson is both a member of the Executive Committee of TEFAF and Chairman of the Dutch Antique Dealers Association.

Blue and White Delft ‘rijsttafel’ or ‘sweet meat’ set, ca. 1695-1705

Robert says that the 17 years he spent working side by side with his Father gave him both his passion for Dutch Delftware and a deep appreciation of the great collectors who became good friends to the Aronson family during those years. Now the younger Aronson has added a modern twist to a business that has served generations of the world’s most esteemed connoisseurs and curators. In fact, Robert Aronson is overseeing a truly 21st-century business that has embraced technology and e-commerce in ways his forebears could never have imagined.

“I’ve given Aronson Antiquairs a contemporary outlook that best serves both new collectors and old, using the latest tools, from Facebook and Twitter to You Tube video. Now, in whatever way that is most convenient for them, they can learn about Dutch Delft, examine our unrivaled collections, and come to understand the unique qualities of Delftware — more easily than at any time in our company’s 130 year history.”

Robert Aronson says the excitement of a TEFAF opening day still gives him a moment of pause. “I know I am going to see the most sophisticated and knowledgeable collectors, curators and dealers enjoying the finest artworks on the planet. Plus – You never lose the thrill of showing a truly rare or previously unknown object to a true Delft connoisseur,” he says. (more…)

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