Floral Art Nouveau style ceramic frieze

The photographs bellow detail an attractive and quite well preserved example of Art Nouveau frieze made up from high quality ceramic tiles that display a repetitive of what to me looks like a blue water lily motif (it could also be another flower species) adorning the street façade of one of The Small Theatre’s buildings in Bucharest. The overall style of the edifice is inspired from French c19th historicist styles (ie neo-baroque) that has seen better days before the crude renovations performed during of the last few decades of communism and post-comunism. The frieze is the most attractive decorative element of the building although is quite difficult to notice from the street level. The provenance of these tiles, looking at the typology of their Art Nouveau design, is, in my opinion, from an workshop located in the Austrian-Hungarian empire of that era, a neighbouring state of Romania with which it had close economic and cultural ties.

Floral Art Nouveau style ceramic frieze, "The Small Theatre" edifice, built in the early 1900, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Floral Art Nouveau style ceramic frieze, "The Small Theatre" edifice, built in the early 1900, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Floral Art Nouveau style ceramic frieze, "The Small Theatre" edifice, built in the early 1900, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

AFloral Art Nouveau style ceramic frieze, "The Small Theatre" edifice, built in the early 1900, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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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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If you plan acquiring or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

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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If you plan acquiring or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.