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August 3, 2020

A Contextual Mystery…

Filed under: LEIDEN,PHOTOGRAPHY,ZUID-HOLLAND /SOUTH HOLLAND (Province) — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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This Leiden house close to the Marebrug has some remarkable decorative elements in it’s facade. Located on Oude Singel next to a restaurant on the corner, this is a beautiful 16th or 17th Century building. At street level of the facade there are four finely detailed faces and plaques between them, so naturally this is definitely worth further investigation!

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(Below) Assuming these are the Gentleman and Lady of the house, this pair above the front door are not just flat-ish relief, but in almost full sculptural portrait mode. This was a house with wealth, and a lot of it.

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(Below) The plaque between them reads: “Dit is in den vergvlden” (Old Dutch spelling for :”This is in the golden”) The text continues further on one of the other plaques.

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(Below): To the right of the lady is an ornate plaque with a small face and plenty of scrolls, a sort of cartouche, but unfilled with dates or any other information. 

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(Below): The next lady is the third figure from left to right, and looks towards the gentleman on the end, they being very obviously the “second” pair to the first. Daughter and husband? Sister? or even Mother? Who knows?

The plaque reads: “ghecroonden … and then two words that even Himself, the family linguist couldn’t make out:  (so we have the old Dutch word for “Crowned” … and then text that reads: (H?)ov . ?? Hov...? (H?)amer (Hamer) but this doesn’t make sense. “hamer” means “Hammer, as in the carpenters tool, but no idea what “Hov”. is. . and the complete sentence would then read “This is in the golden crowned (something) hammer” which isn’t logical. We are stumped.

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

1 Comment »

  1. I found the following link that explains some of the ‘mystery’


    Comment by Marie-Jacqueline — August 3, 2020 @ 6:43 am | Reply

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