Local Heart, Global Soul

October 10, 2019

My Tourist Trap Treasure…

About ten years ago I bought this little print from a flee market in the Hague. The Lange Voorhout is a tourist trap as far as curios and antiques are concerned and nothing is particularly cheap, but as is the way with these things, I saw this and fell in love. I’m a detail fanatic, I adore the scrolls, the patterns in the background, dress, and side panels. It’s also lovely to see a babies head pop out of this very flat surface and quirky arrangement of the entire thing. It’s a religious piece of course, and whilst I do have faith I have no clue what the meaning is behind this picture. It’s in glass so the photographs were terrible to take, and I should probably take it somewhere to see if anything can be done about the dark spots splattered around the outer edges. It’s probably not worth enough to have expensive restoration done on it, it might even just be a page out of a religious book or  magazine.

I daren’t open up the carefully sealed and obviously old backing papers; if I have learned anything from antique TV programmes is that clueless amateurs have destroyed priceless objects with their “little clean-ups, cutting, plugging, sanding, gluing mending jobs and dabs of cleaning stuff that the internet told them would “be perfect for the job”. Nope, I’m not kidding myself, this is not in any way a priceless object, it’s of miniscule financial value and it is probably not to many people’s taste, but I love it so the sentimental value of my little treasure is indeed priceless.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. What this beautiful print represents:
    It is a reprentation of Mother Mary and Jesus.

    This type of prints were widely printed for Roman Catholics to have in their homes.

    In the top are two weapons.
    The one on the left is the weapon of the city Mechelen, Belgium.
    The weapon on the righ means A for Alfa and ♎ for Omega.
    This means God.

    The band on the left:
    Troosteres der Bedrukten BVO
    Consoler of those depressed
    Pray for Us( BVO)

    The band on the right:
    Toevlucht der Zondaren BVO
    Refuge of Sinners
    Pray for Us.

    The church on the left:
    Old church 1578
    (could be destroyed by ‘Beeldenstorm’)

    The church on the right:
    Present day church build in 1670

    The band on the bottom:
    Onze Lieve Vrouw van Harwijt?? door Mirakelen vermaard sedert 988? tot op onze tijden

    Our Dear Lady of Hartwijt?? widely known by Miracles since 988? till our days

    The band with the Latin text:
    Monstra te esse Matrem
    Show that You are a Mother

    Down under right just out the actual picture.
    J.L. Byans-Casis
    (printer or publicer I don’t know)

    Translation the best I could.
    The Dutch used is a manour used by expressing religious text.
    Not commonly used Dutch.

    Comment by Marie-Jacqueline — October 10, 2019 @ 10:21 am | Reply

  2. Basilica of Our Lady of Hanswijk 

    If link doesn’t work search for hanswijkbasiliek. com

    They have also text in English.


    Comment by Marie-Jacqueline — October 10, 2019 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

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