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February 14, 2020

Scrolls And Ribbons Run Rings Around Us…

Who doesn’t love a swag, a banner, a ribbon or a sweep of decorative paintwork? The designers of the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) certainly did. And So do I. I also know that these things are harder to draw and paint well than they first appear. You could almost say that these artists run rings around us…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 13, 2020

A Monumental Owl…

The entrance hallway of the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) throws up some brilliant details. Spied: One Owl.  This 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) visit is turning out to be even better than I imagined.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 12, 2020

Simple, Elegant, Beautiful.

Following on from yesterday’s post, it’s not just the laurel and grape leaf motifs in the decorative panels of the entranceway of the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) that catches my eye. There are floral motifs there too. Simple, Elegant, Beautiful.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

February 11, 2020

Faces In The Hall…

The Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in the Hague has a beautiful entrance hall, the walls filled with decorative motifs. The surrounding laurel leaves of the top image and the grape leaves of the second may or may not have symbolic significance, but even if not, they are an amazing example of design beauty. I was here during the summer of 2019 because of the Dutch event “‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites)and this is exactly the sort of place I would have missed seeing otherwise.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 10, 2020

Promises Of Beautiful…

The Netherland’s national event’Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) is where various organisations, historic places, churches and the like, open their doors to the public for one weekend per year.

During the summer of 2019 I visited some of these, among them the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in the Hague. As soon as I stepped into the entrance hall, I had a definite idea that this place promises to be beautiful…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 18, 2020

Stone Sentinels Close To The Fire…

Following on from yesterday’s post I took the opportunity to visit the Freemasons House in the Hague during the 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’. This is an Open day for National Historic Places sites, or private establishments who open their doors to the public on this weekend. Yesterday I was looking at a stunning fireplace that had beautiful carved wooden faces in it’s upper section, now, closer to the heat source, carved figures continue, but this time in stone.

Today I am looking at the male and female head and torso figures standing in matching (modest) poses, below them, cheribs and close to the floor, very small busts of a woman. All of these figures are idealised and show far less detail and character than the wooden figures above them. Who knows, maybe they are even “catalogue” pieces, bought off the rack and fitted below the personalised section? The cherubs and ladies at the bottom are pretty much identical so I only photographed one of each. These stone sentinels can definitely take the heat.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 12, 2020

A Sunburst To Look At All Day…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Grr, I’m messing things up in the WordPress Schedule again, this time not checking that one of my ‘prep’ posts did not have the same date as an actual post, so early readers got a an almost blank page as well as the post I intended.

My apologies for that, my brain is malfunctioning. (which may be nothing new). I could try and blame things on jet-lag but in all honesty it’s just my stupidity.

The Netherlands has a national event called ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) and one of the places open to the Public in 2019 was the ‘Freemason’s House’ in the Hague.

I noticed from the outside what appears to be a stained glass window above the entrance door and tried to take photographs of it once I was inside.

Sadly the very best vantage point was up the stairs, where a beautiful chandelier hung bang-on center in the way. I had to manoeuvre to the stairs *very, very carefully* since it’s not a favourite place to be on crutches.

With a little perseverance I managed to get photographs, and well worth they were too.

This is amazing stained glass, featuring what might be described as a ‘Sunburst’ pattern.

Closer inspection noting that some of the pattern elements were not quite the same but very similar to those in the skylight I featured in yesterdays post.

The colour scheme seems to be almost the same and the over-all style of the pieces matched. Maybe they were made by the same stained glass artists? Who knows.

Either way they shine light into otherwise darkened hallways and stairs, and do it in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing, beautiful and calming for the soul.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 11, 2020

Freemasons In The Light…

Visitng the Freemasons House during the ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open Days for National Historic Places sites), I look up in the waiting room/entrance area to see a beautiful skylight several stories above me. The glass is gorgeous and actually more detailed than it looks like at first glance. I zoom in for a closer look…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 10, 2020

Portraits On The Walls…

I’m taking advantage of the annual Duth ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites)  to visit the ‘Freemason’s House’ in The Hague. Steps inside the front door take you to a beautiful hall way / waiting room, where I assume you would sit on the beautiful couch area whilst your arrival was  ‘announced’ to those in the surrounding meeting rooms.

One thing is for sure, you would not really feel alone whilst you waited: portraits of Freemason VIP’s lined the walls seemingly keeping a watchful eye to make certain you were a good mannered visitor.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 9, 2020

A Grand Entrance!

The Freemason’s House in The Hague was open to the public during the ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) so I went along to take a look. The entrance area was large and beautiful… giving my tour here very much a Grand Entrance!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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