Art Nouveau frieze with roses and fairies

Art Nouveau style frieze with two fairies among rose flowers and branches, early 1900s house, Rosetti Square area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The photograph above presents a rare for Bucharest Art Nouveau style frieze decorating a Fin de Siècle house from the central area of the city. It depicts two fairies, very popular mythical creatures in the children stories of the late Victorian era, making their way among densely packed rose flowers and branches. The overall impression is one of joy and ease, although the actual bad state of repair of the building and the utter neglect of its architectural decorations, by the proprietors and heritage authorities alike, dampen that feeling considerably.

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I endeavour through this daily series of articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and heritage.

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