Incredible little piece, just 1.25" across. Signed VK Delft which is how you can tell the age of these pieces. This is an early piece from period two in the VK studio's history, 1953-1958 this is likely one of the very last hand painted pieces. Really adorable little piece for the Delfts jewelry collector. Amazing condition considering the great age.
History of VK Delfts Signature:
The Van Katwijk Studio (Gouda 1946-1999) is founded by Frans van Katwijk at the age of 53, after a very successful career with Plateelbakkerij Schoonhoven. The new company is the first to specialize in Delft jewelry inserts, but it produces other ceramics as well. Unfortunately Van Katwijk falls ill, and departs this life as early as November 1952. The workshop continues, but the decorating quality eventually suffers from his absence. In 1958 hand painting largely ends, and screen printing is introduced. The output of the Van Katwijk workshop can therefore be divided in three time periods. Period I, 1946-1953: hand painted, mostly during Frans van Katwijk's lifetime; signed 'Delfts Holland' with occasionally a decorator's mark. Period II, 1953-1958: still hand painted, but of varying quality; all decorators are supposed to use the factory mark VK. Period III, 1958-1999: screen printed cabochons; the VK mark has been skipped, and there is a 'delfts holland' stamp on the reverse.
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