Nina Baanders-Kessler

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Antje Baanders-Kessler
Verzetsmonument Makkum door Nina Baanders-Kessler.jpg
Resistance Memorial in Makkum
Born Antje Baanders
28 February 1915
Died 20 June 2002
Nationality Dutch
Known for Sculpture

Nina Baanders-Kessler (Leeuwarden, 28 February 1915 – 20 June 2002) was a Dutch sculptor and medalist.[1]

Life and Work[edit]

Nina Baanders-Kessler was born to Jacob Kessler, butcher in Leeuwarden, and Elizabeth Anna Axe. She was named after her grandmother Kessler-Antje van der Berg, however, she called herself Nina.

In 1934, Nina Kessler admitted to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied sculpture in the daytime with Jan Bronner. After her studies she made a trip to Paris and Vienna and settled back in Leeuwarden, where she had her own studio in the Eebuurt neighbourhood. She was the first Frisian sculptor, only twenty years later settled among others Maria van Everdingen and Suze Berkhout Boschma in Friesland. She married in 1942 with Ambrose Baanders, and first lived in Leeuwarden, and later in Vinkeveen.

Works (selection)[edit]

  • Before 1941. Weapon stone for City Hall in Koudum
  • Before 1941. Weapon stone for Wirdumerpoortsbrug, Leeuwarden
  • 1947. Plaque of Theo van Welderen Rengers, Oenkerk
  • 1952. Resistance Memorial (female figure), Makkum
  • 1955. Tableau for master A.J. Lok, Ravenswoud
  • 1964. Bust of Johan Bendien, Amsterdam
  • Later. Weapon stone Beursbrug, Leeuwarden


  1. ^ Biographical data at Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie.