Local Heart, Global Soul

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)

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