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February 26, 2020

A Leafy Clock…

Following yesterday’s post I am looking at the ‘nook’  in the King’s Ballroom in the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in the Hague. In this post my attention is drawn to a clock over the nook, and in particular the carved borders and leaves that surround it. I love tree and leaf decorations so these give me a lot of pleasure.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 25, 2020

A Look In The Nook…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Inside the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging’s” (Private Member’s Club) grand and beautiful King’s Ballroom, there is what I will describe as a “nook”.

It’s like an alcove recessed into the wall of the ballroom, with an arched ceiling and it’s own decoration but still in keeping with the ballroom around it.

There is a fireplace on the back wall and a lectern stands facing outwards into the ballroom.

The ledger on the lectern is what I assume to be the members signing-in book, so I edited the page so that the names do not show and members’ privacy is respected.

This is obviously  now the “speakers corner”. The original purpose of this nook probably was to have had a method of heating to room with a fireplace, without said fireplace intruding directly into the ballroom (and ergo the dance floor). I assume that keeping the ballroom rectangular was better than getting the dancers tangled up in your quadrille. It’s an ingenious solution to a complex problem.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 24, 2020

The “Je Ne Sais Quoi” That Moves Me…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Visiting the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in the Hague, I find yet another object that perfectly fits my “detail fanatic” personality.

I adore detail, so ornate pieces like this one are right up my alley.

This piece however had newer looking labels in it so I’ll hazard a guess that it’s something to do with the present day membership rather than historical ones.

For this reason I’ve edited the photographs to remove identifying information for privacy reasons.

This is the big wide world of the internet after all. I’m interested in the ornate decoration around the names, the beautiful lettering and the magic of how a small multitude of different patterns can fit so wonderfully together.

I’m saving this into my “reference files” so that I can find it quickly whenever I want to be inspired.

These are exactly the kind of gems that can be turned up during the Dutch ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for Historic Places).

The “gems” that I mean can be historical, creative inspirational, artistic, informative / knowledge gathering, spiritually insightful or uplifting, funny, quirky, or just that “je ne sais quoi” (That special or distinctive meaning or feeling that you can’t quite put your finger on to explain).

This piece inspires me when I look at it, moves me emotionally and lingers in my memory afterwards.

The bonus for me of getting a day out and being able to see inside places you might never usually have access to is just the icing on the cake. These gems are the real treasure.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 23, 2020

An Honour Board: … Of Sorts.

Next I discover what looks to be something of an Honour Board.  It’s unusual though because here we have it in the form of a framed picture. To my knowledge and limited experience of these things, Honour Board are usually large-ish, often dark wood boards put onto the walls of sports clubs or intuitions and feature  columns of names, usually in gold lettering.

The title given to the picture before me reads: “Name List (Honour Roll??)” then, “de ere liden van de ” (the honourable members of the) and then Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) where of course I am visiting. Clearly it is not a list of general members, these must have been important people within this intuition. This may not be on the sort of Honour Board that I am used o seeing, but it’s beautiful just the same.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 22, 2020

Wall To Wall Beauty…

More of the beautiful Pompeii inspired stencilled painting on the walls of the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in The Hague.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 21, 2020

Pompeii Inspiration…

Following yesterday’s post, and that decorations of the King’s Ballroom of  Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) were inspired by those in Pompeii, I naturally needed to zoom in for a closer look…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 20, 2020

Pompeii Comes To The Ball…

During the 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag'(Open day for Historic Places sites around the Netherlands), and I visited the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in the Hague. There are regional booklets produced for this event, my guidebook is an A5 sized book where each page showcases one of the sites, shows a photograph and gives a short blurb about the history / main features etc. The text is in both Dutch and English, the English reads:

The Sociëteit De Vereeniging meeting room is decorated in an eclectic style, in which the walls and ceiling are covered with ornamental and figurative paintings. In the architecture sections of the walls one can clearly see the elevation that occurred in 1885. The paintings were stencilled onto the walls in-between the marble pillars. They depict elegant Baroque figures that are based on wall decorations in Pompeii.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 19, 2020

Making My Eyes Grow Wider…

The “Sociëteit De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club), located at Kazernestaat 38b in the Hague, gives no clue as what to expect inside from the exterior. Not only is there an imposing stained glass skylight in the ceiling, there are also stained glass windows at one end of the King’s Ballroom. I’m visiting during the 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ sites.(Historic Places open day) and so far every turn makes my eyes grow wider.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 18, 2020

The King’s Ballroom: Look Up!

Catching our attention in yesterday’s post, the King’s Ballroom boasts a skylight that immediately captures the attention of whoever enters. I was visiting during the 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ sites.(Open day for Historic Places), and as an enthusiast of old architecture, the Hague’s Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) this sort of thing is exactly up my street!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 17, 2020

Not Knowing Where To Look First…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open day where members of the public can visit Historic Places sites, Churches, and various other non/governmental organisations that are usually closed to the public). This is the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” ( which translates as “Private Member’s Club”) and now that I have stepped through the beautiful entrance hall with it’s decorated walls, I find myself in the “King’s Ballroom”.

I am certain that even people for whom “art” is merely a word, and who have no real appreciation for things aesthetic, could not but stop and gaze at what they are confronted with as soon as they step into this room. You almost don’t know where to look first, this room is a real thing of beauty, the letters on the door may only be decals but even they are at least in the style of the room and the rest… well there is more than enough here to take your breath away and your heart beat a little faster. (Or is that just me?).  There is no doubt however that sooner rather than later, your gaze going to be travelling upwards…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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