Francoise van den Bosch is reshaped Dutch jewelry

Jkvr. Jeanne Françoise Marie van den Bosch (Hilversum, February 29, 1944 – Amsterdam, July 18, 1977) was a Dutch visual artist who gained international fame with her robust and orderly jewelry. In retrospect, Van den Bosch, together with Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum, is considered one of the most important representatives of Dutch smooth, a characterization derived from Marion Herbst.

Van den Bosch was a descendant of the noble Van den Bosch family and a daughter of banker Johannes Hendrik Otto Count van den Bosch (1906–1994) and Benudina Maria Royaards (1912–1978), descendant of the Royaards family. She graduated from the silversmithing department of the Academy of Visual Arts and Applied Arts in Arnhem in 1969.

During her training, Van den Bosch had virtually no contact with other students, with the exception of Suzanne Esser. Van den Bosch took courses together with Esser at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.

Even before Van den Bosch graduated, her work was on display at the exhibition Objects to wear in the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, which traveled through the Netherlands and the United States.

Van den Bosch worked with metals such as aluminum, brass, copper, alpaca, stainless steel, silver and gold. She created her sculptural shapes by piercing and bending sheet material.


Van den Bosch was co-founder of the Union of Riotive Goldsmiths (BOE) in 1974 together with Karel Niehorster, Onno Boekhoudt, Marion Herbst and the sculptor Berend Peter. The association was started in response to the changes that had taken place in the jewelry world in the previous years. BOE exhibited in London and made the BOE box in an edition of 100. In the wooden box made by the sculptor Berend Peter, each of the jewelery designers had a square box in which they recorded their vision of their profession through text and attributes.

In 1976 Van den Bosch made an octagonal farewell medal in a case on behalf of the PTT. The symmetrical two-piece case consists of a piece of aluminum tube that is closed at the ends, in which the medal, also made of a piece of tube, is kept. From 1977 until the privatization of the PTT in 1988, the medal was awarded approximately 25 times a year.

In addition to jewelry, Van den Bosch has also made a rattle, a napkin ring and cutlery.

At the age of 33, Van den Bosch died unexpectedly in July 1977 at her home in Amsterdam.


1944_Born in Hilversum  (NL)
1971_Exhibition: Sieraden van Françoise van den Bosch, Galerie-S, Amsterdam

1977_Dies on July 18th at the age of 33

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