Brink en van Keulen
Traditional Dutch Brass Chandeliers
A company of four generations
The family business Brink & van Keulen has passed on all knowledge and skills for the making and restoration of brass chandeliers for three generations. The company was founded in 1946 by the brothers Egbert and Anton Brink (metal founders by profession), together with Marinus Leendert van Keulen. They had a workshop at the Koudehorn in Haarlem. At the request and idea of Canneman, chief architect at the Dutch National Trust for the Preservation of Monuments and SitesThe company specialised in the production of brass chandeliers, replicas of old Dutch crowns and the restoration of old crowns. Due to lack of space, the company moved to Lange Margarethastraat 34 in Haarlem in 1950.
Anton Brink's son, Willem also worked within the company, learning all the intricacies of the trade from his father. He held all trades within the organisation, from foundryman to polisher, from turner to board member. Over the years, he put his heart and soul into the craft. He also passed this passion on to the next generation; his daughter, Sabine, who became involved in the business aspects of the company.
After very successful years, Brink & van Keulen faced a difficult time in the 80s. Church building in the Netherlands stagnated and church attendance declined. Especially restoration works remained as work opportunities. In 2007 the company moved to Amsterdam. This brought no immediate success. In 2009 the company went bankrupt after the last project at the end of 2008 where they made new church crowns for the church in Edam. Owner Willem Brink returned to Haarlem as the home town for his new company, Buyer restoration Brink
Modern company with traditional methods and values
Since 2009, the company has been relaunched under the leadership of Pim van Konijnenburg, a great admirer of the of the yellow casting craft. In 2016, his son Floris van Konijnenburg, together with two other young entrepreneurs Rodny Heemskerk and Bob Koning, continued with the company and from 2022 the company is fully under the leadership of Rodny Heemskerk, Bob Koning, Robert Pielanen & Bob Jansen. The craftsmanship of yellow casting immediately appealed to them and they have modernised the company. Together with Dutch production partners, they are able to make chandeliers using traditional methods. As a result, the beautiful craft of yellow casting is fortunately not extinct in the Netherlands.
Brink & van Keulen is not only engaged in the manufacture of chandeliers, but also in their restoration. A restoration can vary from small maintenance to a large restoration, in which parts are replaced, repaired, or remanufactured. In some cases, it is impossible to restore the crown. A replica of the old crown can then be made.
Brink & van Keulen 1646 B.V. Originally a family business, Brink & van Keulen maintains the 17th-century foundry craft by producing the highest quality brass chandeliers. By passing on centuries-old knowledge, Brink & van Keulen has taken an important role in the preservation of the foundry craft. Brink & van Keulen is specialised in the field of production, restoration, valuation, and mediation of traditional Dutch brass chandeliers.