Local Heart, Global Soul

January 24, 2020

A Firestorm Of Decoration…

The Netherlands’s annual ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) has given me access to Freemason’s House in the Hague. Going from one room to another I find a second, also stunning fireplace, this time more formal that the first, more ornate, completely and utterly different in style. There is a large oil painting on display at the top of the chimneybreast, lamps, that were probably once candlesticks are on the sides, and at the bottom it boasts one of the most decorative firebacks’  I have ever seen.  It may not be my own style but it’s certainly impressive!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Section of the right hand side of the decorative fire surround…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Section of the left hand side of the decorative fire surround…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) The decorative fireback

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Lamps on the side of the fireplace where probably candlesticks were once placed.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below)… detailed woodwork by the candlesticks…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Another full view of the fireplace, the light in the room rendered the painting at the top, a mass of glare from the oil paint, so I didn’t manage to get any better photographs or close-ups. I like how even the top of the chimney is made to look like it flows down from the ceiling, and not just a separate item set apart in the room.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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