Jacques Antoine Bonebakker

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Born(1798 -11-16)November 16, 1798
Amsterdam, Netherlands
DiedMarch 17, 1868(1868-03-17) (aged 69)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Goldsmith,
  • Silversmith
  • Jeweller
Spouse(s)Wendelina Elisabeth van Manen
  • Adrianus Bonebakker (father)
  • Elisabeth du Pré (mother)

Jacques Antoine Bonebakker (Amsterdam, 16th November 1798 – 17th March 1868) was a Dutch goldsmith, silversmith and jeweler.[1]


Bonebakker was the son of Adrianus Bonebakker (1767-1842) and Elisabeth du Pré (1760-1811). He married Wendelina Elisabeth van Manen (1803-1865) on 23rd June 1825. Three daughters and two sons, Willem Christiaan Bonebakker (1827-1906) and Johannes Christiaan Reinier Bonebakker (1829-1883), were born from this marriage.

As bonebakker & zoon

His father partnered up with Diederik Lodewijk Bennewitz to take over a well-known Dutch gold, silver, and jewelry shop in 1802, the Peirolet brothers’ business. Initially under the brothers Peirolet, Bennewitz & Bonebakker name and later as Bennewitz & Bonebakker. The company carried out countless assignments, like the keys to the City of Amsterdam in 1806, which were to be offered to King Lodewijk Napoleon as he entered the city. The partners decided to part company in 1821 for business reasons, after which Bennewitz launched the Bennewitz & Zonen company and Bonebakker and his son continued under the As Bonebakker & Zoon name. Bonebakker settled in a building on the corner of the Leidsestraat and the Herengracht in 1822.[2]

Jacques Antoine Bonebakker was registered as a gold and silversmith in the Guarantee Register on 28th January 1822, but probably never ended up using the Master’s mark. The gold, silver and jewellery objects were outsourced to gold and silversmiths like T.G. Bentvelt, J.A. de Haas, R. Helweg, J.H. Stellingwerf and P. Pieterse.[3]

The company was commissioned by the City of Amsterdam to produce a 94-piece silver dinner service for King Willem I’s daughter, Princess Marianne van Oranje-Nassau, on the occasion of her marriage to Prince Albert van Pruisen in 1830. This cost a total of 18,837 guilders. Princess Marianne gave the City of Amsterdam a portrait of herself in 1832, to show her gratitude for the dinner service. As Bonebakker & Zoon also received a number of other special assignments in addition to commissions for the production of silverware, including the golden honorary sword for General David Hendrik baron Chassé, who commanded a Dutch division during the wars against Napoleon, including the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The golden sword was given to Chassé by a group of Tiel friends. Another golden sword was ordered shortly after the Ten Day Campaign in August 1831, this time commissioned by the Prince of Oranje. The company was commissioned by King Willem II to make the royal crown in 1840. The maker of this crown, which to this day is still being used during coronation ceremonies, was Theodorus Gerardus Bentvelt.[4]

The house situated on the corner of the Leidsestraat and the Herengracht was the company’s official residence for fifteen years until Bonebakker was forced to move to larger premises. As Bonebakker & Zoon moved to the eighteenth century ‘Het Witte Paard’ canal house in 1837, now Herengracht 376, where the company stayed until its move to Rokin 88-90 in 1954. Bonebakker decided to set up his own gold and silversmith workshop in 1854. He bought the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 51 property, attracted a skilled master, and took on master silversmith Pieter Pieterse, who was put in charge of the workshop. The pieces of work which left the new workshop all bore the Bonebakker master’s mark. Bonebakker’s sons Willem Christiaan and Johannes Christiaan Reinier also joined the company as the third generation that same year.[5]

Jacques Antoine Bonebakker had managed the company for forty-four years – either partly or alone – by the time he died in 1868. His sons continued the As Bonebakker & Zoon company. The company still exists today, under the Bonebakker name.


  1. "RKDartists - The Netherlands Institute for Art History". rkd.nl (in Nederlands). Retrieved 2020-05-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Archive As Bonebakker & Zoon - Amsterdam City Archives". archief.amsterdam. Retrieved 2020-05-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. van Benthem, Barend J. (2005). De werkmeesters van Bennewitz en Bonebakker, Amsterdams grootzilver uit de eerste helft van de 19de eeuw. Netherlands: Waanders. ISBN 9789040090097.
  4. "Archive As Bonebakker & Zoon - The Netherlands Institute for Art History". rkd.nl (in Nederlands). Retrieved 2020-05-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. Emeis, M.G. (1967). Bonebakker 1792 – 1967. Amsterdam.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)

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