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June 15, 2020

A Dutch Trade Show…

Hollandspoor train station in the Hague has a very special waiting room that can only be visited on days like “Monumentendag“. There is an area outside of the Royal lavatory that has, you guessed it;  walls and decorations designed to impress visiting Royals, Heads of State and VIP’s of various descriptions. Imagine every item of porcelain, tile work, marble, wood, fabric etc as being an exhibition of Dutch workmanship and skill, this is a gallery of exhibits of what would have been the lastest fashion, the best of the best.

Operating like a trade show, the visitors here were in a position of wealth and power to ask for similar pieces for their own homes, so this was very much a display that was designed to sell, and nothing screamed this louder than the next area I found myself standing in: that around the staircase. First, in this alcove there may possibly have been vases of fresh flowers, I’m assuming that if something stood on this plinth, that it has been removed to reduce the chance of breakage on a high traffic day such as “Monumentendag“.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

June 14, 2020

Wash Your Hands!

Still in the Royal Lavatory at Hollandspoor train station in The Hague, our tour group was hearing all about the history of the Queen’s/King’s waiting room. It was difficult to photograph the hand basin because even though it was by no means a tiny room, it was obviously not usually meant for a dozen or so people. It might be some time before more “Monumentendag” open days of historic buildings to the public can happen again, so this is one place I was pleased to have been able to visit.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

June 13, 2020

No Indecent Exposure…

The “Monumentendag”  tour of the Queen’s/King’s waiting room in Hollandspoor Station came with an unusual request: the Royal “Throne” inside the Royal cubical could be admired but under no circumstances photographed. Our guide stood extra vigilent, watching for any fidgety fingers on trigger buttons of cameras, but our group was very well behaved and refrained from taking liberties. The royal porcelain was ornately decorated in Delft’s finest, and well.. very much a work of art fit for a King or Queen.  It remains untouched by digital camera curiosity so no indecent exposure here. The cubical was it’s own work of art too, and that we were allowed to photograph.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

June 12, 2020

Beautiful Illumination…

Following yesterday’s post, the Royal Lavatory in Hollandspoor train Station was covered by a stunning skylight. It’s also supplemented by an electric light, but no lamp could radiate beauty like this example of leaded glass.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

June 11, 2020

Step Too Far For Royal Protocol…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

During “Monumentendag” in 2019 when many historic buildings are open to the public, I took the opportunity to visit the Queen’s/King’s waiting room at Hollandspoor  train station in the Hague.

In recent posts we have seen the main waiting room with it’s adjacent anteroom, possibly divided into two: maybe so that Heads of State, dignitaries and VIP’s  arriving or due to depart might be divided into Ladies and Gents?

Or possibly the room on the side that we could not enter was for the Kings or Queens and the other main section that led to the platform was for the travelling “extras”?

Our guide was having a very busy day and I didn’t think of these questions whilst I was there. Now we have entered what is very clearly a lavatory area, a large, empty room with one large toilet stall. Our guide then gave us a very strict order, this toilet was under no circumstances to be photographed, the stall, could be, Yes,  bit the actual commode, absolutely Not.

Apparently the spot where regal bare bottoms have rested is a step too far under Royal protocol. There is, once again a stunning amount of detail on the walls, and even the floor, the demonstration of the very best of Dutch craftsmanship continues…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

June 10, 2020

Opulent Pillars…

The last part set of photos I have from the first room of the Queen /King’s waiting room at Hollandspoor train Station in The Hague, shows the opulence in the room and the decoration that was also on the pillars here. Beautiful!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

June 9, 2020

Where Cherubs Play…

The ceiling in the Queen’s/King’s waiting room  at Hollandspoor station is an exhibition of the finest Dutch craftsmanship. Detail abounds, even with flocked wallpaper (where small fibers, often wool, are added to the wallpaper giving a raised effect) in traditional damask and floral patterns.

The wood carving continues and in the very center of the ceiling, above the chandelier of hand blown Leerdam glass, is a painting featuring two cherubs.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

June 8, 2020

Just Add A Lion… Ok?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Heroically dressed figures adorn the walls of the first room we enter in the Queen’s/King’s waiting room at Hollandspoor train station.  There is decoration everywhere, it’s difficult to see but even the wall paper is delicately decorated. The figure with a sword is draped in red, the other, a lady reading, blue.

I did notice that the lady reading has a lion next to her. It’s probably just symbolism of some sort… or perhaps there is a darned good story that took place behind the scenes when the subject and composition of this painting was decided between patron and artist. Clearly whoever paid the bills won!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

June 7, 2020

Heraldic Shields…

The detail in the first part of the Queen’s/King’s waiting room at Hollandspoor station in the Hague needs to seen in more detail: these heraldic shields are just one part of the “exhibition” in this room.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

June 6, 2020

Dressed To Impress…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It was “Monumentendag” 2019, a day (actually a weekend) where many churches, Government and historic buildings are (somewhat)open to the public.

I am taking advantage of this to visit the Queen’s/King’s Waiting room at Hollandspoor train station in the Hague.

After taking in the stunningly decorated exterior carved stone entrance that can be seen on the platform, small groups of visitors are ushered in bit by bit for a tour.

We may take photographs without flash, and since the first rooms we see are very dimly lit in order to protect the colour of the items inside it proved interesting to see what photographs turned out and which didn’t.

We enter directly into a large room which has another room off to the right hand side of it, but which is roped off.

There is a light in this alcove room but we had a strict time limit so I was in a hurry and my photographs there didn’t really work out.

Our guide tells us that this room is all about showing off the best artisans in the Netherlands, it’s all about display, an ostentatious preening where attention is sought in every corner of the room.

Visitors would be left in awe of that is effectively an exhibition, a showcase of Dutch talent. The wool was the best wool from the island of Texel for instance. This is a room dressed to impress.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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