This is a rare example of early hand-painted delft work by Frans van Katwijk. Van Katwijk studios was founded in Gouda by Frans in 1946. He only produced pieces himself until his death in 1952. The markings and signature are consistent with such pieces, which are referred to as Period 1. Upon his death, the studio continued to produce hand painted pieces, but the quality declined. You can tell the difference by looking closely at the details of the work. Early pieces from van Katwijk studios have more brush strokes and finer details.
The setting is a lovely filigree style. The back is hand signed, "VK", followed by "Delfts, Holland" There are no other designer marks indicating the painting was done another member of van Katwijk’s studio.
Brooch measures 46 x 46 mm
The back has a simple C-clasp pin, which extends just beyond the edge of the frame. This style was more commonly found in early work, therefore its possible the bezel is much older than the ceramic center.
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