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March 8, 2020

Tile Painting Details…

Following yesterday’s post I am taking a detailed look at what I’m calling (for lack of an official name) a ‘Tile painting’ located in The Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in The Hague…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The stork is the official symbol of The Hague… Maybe the crown is featured here because The Hague is the Seat of Government? (Amsterdam is the Capital),… and lions possibly because they feature on the Dutch coat of Arms?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Amazing how well the tiles fit together…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The date of the formation of the Club…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Pool or Snooker cues, and Playing Cards, some of the activities here…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Are these croquet mallets? … and pins from the bowling alley…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 7, 2020

I Think I’ll Call It A ‘Tile Painting’…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Netherlands has a national event called ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open day for Historic Places / some Government buildings/  places like Fire stations /various other organisations / Hofjes / Churches and the like are open to the public.)

For ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ 2019 I made a list of several sites close to one another to visit, and quite by chance, (because this place happened to be located between two of my other choices) and I thought:  ‘It’s on my way, so Why not include it?‘.

This is how I ended up at the The Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) of the Hague. I’m delighted I made the decision, as I’ve discovered a place I had no clue existed, and enjoyed the history and architecture.

In what I will call the ‘Reading / Card / Games’ room, located at the back of the King’s Ballroom I found this beautiful artwork on the wall. I’m not sure what the official name is for things like this, I’ve decided to call it a ‘ tile painting‘ because it takes many tiles to complete one image. It’s clearly a commissioned piece with many references to this Club. It’s also a piece where the more you look the more you see…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Tiny details, like where the stork’s standing foot holds the end of the ribbon that pokes through the shield…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 6, 2020

Deco Glass?

The Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in the Hague has more stained glass, this time in what (I think but am not sure) may be defined as Art Deco style). These windows are located at the back of the King’s Ballroom and give a wonderfully spacious feel to this long, thin room.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 3, 2020

Working On The Wall…

The Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in the Hague was open to the public during ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open day for Historic Places but also for a large range of other places that are not usually open to the general public).  I discovered that there was a Pool / Snooker room off the main building and also even a two laned bowling alley.

There were many artworks on the walls, mostly depicting some sort of factory / foundry theme, but also one captioned “King Willem II”  dressed in medieval finery of a style worn several hundred years earlier, and not really in keeping with the clothes worn in the King’s lifetime:  1792 – 1849. A private Member’s Club strikes me as more of a meeting place of employers and businesspeople rather than employees… are the hard working figures on the wall meant to remind them that wealth is build on the banks of physical labour? Who Knows.

P.S. Apologies, My photos wouldn’t load (again) … On the third day it finally worked. The Hague is having high(er) speed fibre optic cable installed and is therefore digging up streets everywhere at the moment, including ours whilst the cables for it laid. Our usually slow internet has been misbehaving more than usual, even my re-sized (small) photos and anything that takes time to load appearing to be the culprits to constantly loosing connection. Fingers crossed that once everything is finished our internet will be better. Then we only have to address our solid brick internal walls hampering connections in different spots in the house. Almost one down… then one to go. I was going to go to the Library to load the photos, but Himself and I ended up in Kitchen shops instead (long story for future posts, we have a bench/countertop and sink saga going on at the moment). You think that foundry work is hard ? (Ok, it undoubtedly is) but try picking kitchen cupboards, handles, fridges, stoves, bench/countertop colours to fit in the style of a 1930’s house, sticking to budget and limited space…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 2, 2020

When We Win The Lottery… THIS Is On The Wish List!

Following yesterday’s post, and the one previous to that, I posted about my 2019 visit the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in The Hague. The first surprise visiting the Club was that they had a Pool / Snooker room out the back of the main building, the second surprise was that at the back of this was a two lane bowling alley! It would not just be my kids who would adore to have one of these at home (Yeah right… when we win the lottery big maybe!), I can think of multiple friends, family and their kids who would also delight in the luxury of having a Games room like this!

As the saying goes: ‘Wishing is free’… and so in this case are dreams. It just goes to show that these Open Days from the ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for Historic Places / selected Governmental / Churches / various other sites) can turn up not just some interesting architectural places, and/or filled with history and new things to see and appreciate, but also the quirky and unexpected… like a Gentlemen’s Club complete with a Snooker/Pool room and mini bowling alley!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 1, 2020

Taking My Cue …For Art And Practical Needs.

The Pool room in the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) give me some arty inspiration as I explored. Not ever being a Pool or Snooker player I was intrigued to find this wooden “attachment” on some of the side tables. There are little groves cut into the wood to accommodate pool cues so that they don’t fall on the floor or get broken.

My immediate thought was; “What an ingenious idea, the world needs a version of this somewhere around the counters of all shops, supermarkets, governmental offices, restaurants, cafe’s and even the hospitals so that I (and all people like me who use canes or crutches) can balance myself on one good leg to pay for groceries, pick up my backpack, return change and the receipt to my purse, fill out a form, get a library book issued, enjoy a cup of tea at a café without my crutches sliding off the smooth table edge and clattering to the ground. It’s already difficult to be “hands free” with crutches (or a cane) so a tiny slot to store my sticks would be vastly appreciated.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 28, 2020

Decorative Details In The Garden

My ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open day for Historic Places site) visit of the ‘Vereeniging’ has shown me that there is a garden. Surprisingly for an inner city garden, the outside space of the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in the Hague is considerably bigger than I first imagined it would be.

That is probably because the property is wider than it first looks like from first sight from the street, but that’s not really obvious until you get inside.  Not only that, but there appears to be an additional building out the back that also helps account for this extra space. I will go in there shortly but for this post I am enjoying the garden, and the decorative details in the buildings around the garden.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 27, 2020

A Book-Lovers Nook…

My eye is next drawn to the library at in the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) building in the Hague. It stands on the side of the King’s Ballroom and is in the semi-classical style where dark wooden bookcases line the walls,  high ceilings and a room of beautiful proportions. This library isn’t large by any means, it’s (I assume) containing material of specific interest or importance to the club. It’s a wonderful room, what book lover would not love to sit at the table in the sunlight and read? Count me in!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 26, 2020

A Leafy Clock…

Following yesterday’s post I am looking at the ‘nook’  in the King’s Ballroom in the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in the Hague. In this post my attention is drawn to a clock over the nook, and in particular the carved borders and leaves that surround it. I love tree and leaf decorations so these give me a lot of pleasure.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 25, 2020

A Look In The Nook…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Inside the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging’s” (Private Member’s Club) grand and beautiful King’s Ballroom, there is what I will describe as a “nook”.

It’s like an alcove recessed into the wall of the ballroom, with an arched ceiling and it’s own decoration but still in keeping with the ballroom around it.

There is a fireplace on the back wall and a lectern stands facing outwards into the ballroom.

The ledger on the lectern is what I assume to be the members signing-in book, so I edited the page so that the names do not show and members’ privacy is respected.

This is obviously  now the “speakers corner”. The original purpose of this nook probably was to have had a method of heating to room with a fireplace, without said fireplace intruding directly into the ballroom (and ergo the dance floor). I assume that keeping the ballroom rectangular was better than getting the dancers tangled up in your quadrille. It’s an ingenious solution to a complex problem.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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