The Chain of Office
This brooch was sold by a gallery to Marietje van Rossen, the mayor of Hellevoetsluis, a classy lady who was fond of contemporary jewelry. She contacted me via the gallery and that was the start of what would end 6 years later in an exhibition in ‘Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam’ with a collection of modern chains of office for several mayors.
She didn’t like the heavy, masculine chain of office that was not very comfortable to wear for a woman. A chain made a flexible as my ‘Matje’ would fit a female body much better.
First prototype for a flexible chain with the municipal coat of arms of Hellevoetsluis.
After quite some meetings, phone calls and prototypes, she decided to start a project group with several couples of a mayor and a jewelry designer and asked jewelry specialist Liesbeth den Besten to support them.
In the meantime, journalists and a columnist wrote an article about this initiative.
Artikel Rotterdams Dagblad
Artikel Volkskrant Jan Blokker
Artikel NRC ‘Keten’ Youp van het Hek
We all know that official mills don’t work very fast, but in 2001 the project came to an end by presenting the new chains of office during an exhibition.
Liesbeth den Besten also wrote a book about ‘the new chain of the mayor’.
Persbericht Stedelijk Museum
Financieel Dagblad ‘Ambtelijke molensteen’
In 2015 we read a retrospect:
Now, 2 decades later, I found several articles online about cities and townships who ordered a new, modern chain of office!