Local Heart, Global Soul

January 19, 2020

Fireplace Posts Set Sail…

The last post about the large fireplace I saw in the Hague’s Freemasons House were of something this area is famous for: tiles. Delft is only some fifteen or so kilometres (9.3 miles) away from the Hague and of course the blue and white style of porcelain and tiles produced there found their way not just to the Hague and throughout the Netherlands but also around the world. The light in the room was not optimal but I tried to get as clear photographs as possible.

If your area has their own version of a ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites or private organisations who open their doors to the public once a year) then I would highly recommend taking a few tours. The beautiful places, history and architecture are like hidden treasures.
This fireplace is a very interesting mix of elements: personalised wooden portrait carving in wood, sentinel stone carved figures close to the fire, and now, blue and white tiles in both a decorative background pattern and a “feature” section, featuring a full square-rigged sailing ship. All these elements are seemingly unconnected but at the same time working brilliantly together!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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