Bucharest Art Nouveau style round window

Art Nouveau style round window, 1900s house, Piata Romana area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Above is one of the rare Art Nouveau style windows of Bucharest dating from the La Belle Époque period. I managed to gather, what I believe is a majority of them, including round profile doorways, within articles previously published on this blog, links to which are provided bellow:

  1. http://historo.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/blue-frame-art-nouveau-window/
  2. http://historo.wordpress.com/2010/03/07/daily-picture-7-mar-10-art-nouveau-round-window/
  3. http://historo.wordpress.com/2010/01/02/daily-picture-2-jan-10-circular-art-nouveau-window/
  4. http://historo.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/vestiges-of-a-round-art-nouveau-doorway-window/
  5. http://historo.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/round-profile-art-nouveau-doorway/
  6. http://historo.wordpress.com/2010/10/03/art-nouveau-round-doorway/

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I endeavour through this series of periodic 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.

Campina Art Nouveau style round window

An Nouveau style round window rendered in a picturesque provincial manner, 1900s house, Campina, southern Romania (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily series of daily 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 a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

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Lilac leaf shaped Art Nouveau windows

During my recent trip to Campina, an oil town 90km north of Bucharest, on the Prahova Valley, I encountered a recurrent Art Nouveau style lilac leaf motif in the window design of a number of local houses. What made it more interesting, was its popularity well beyond the Art Nouveau era, being also displayed by houses from the inter-war and WWII period. The lilac leaf motif was popular in Art Nouveau representations, being a pattern borrowed from Oriental visual arts, originating in Persian representations and also adopted throughout the Ottoman realm, of which the Romanians were an integral part for several centuries. That could explain the unusual preference for this design in a provincial town like Campina. In the photographs bellow I tried to convey a bit from the enduring favour of lilac leaf shaped windows in this corner of Romania, with meritorious examples dating from the 1900s, the Art Nouveau age, to the 1920s and the early 1940s.

Lilac leaf shaped Art Nouveau window, 1900s, Campina, southern Romania (©Valentin Mandache)

Lilac leaf shaped Art Nouveau window, 1920s, Campina, southern Romania (©Valentin Mandache)

Lilac leaf shaped Art Nouveau window, 1940s, Campina, southern Romania (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily series of daily 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 a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contactpage of this weblog.

Art Nouveau Mascaron: The Head of A Victorian Lady

Art Nouveau style mascaron adorning a 1890s house in the ASE area of Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The above female head representation among flower garlands is a predilect theme in the late Victorian decorative arts, including the Art Nouveau current, that have so many references to fairies and paradisiac gardens full of flowers. It was best personified by the actress Sarah Bernhardt, posing in flower adorned costumes and décor, immortalised by the painter Alphonse Mucha. From here the motif was adopted and adapted to many instances and circumstances, such as this Bucharest mascaron, which probably depicts a local Fin de Siècle beauty.

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I endeavor through this series of daily 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 a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Bucharest Art Nouveau Bay Window Bottom

An expressive, French inspiration Art Nouveau style bay window bottom from a 1900s street corner house in Unirii area of Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor 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 a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Semicircular Neo-Romanian Style Window from the 1920s

Neo-Romanian style semicircular window adorning a mid-1920s house in the Cotroceni area of Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The semicircular shape of the Neo-Romanian style window depicted in the photograph above, together with its adorable wood frame carvings and multicoloured stained glass design, betray the Art Nouveau connections of this architectural order. The Neo-Romanian style is a national romantic artistic expression in architecture that emerged in this country at the end of c19th and resolutely conserved its Art Nouveau-like decorative register well after the dawn of this movement, as this mid-1920s window abundantly confirms that fact.

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I endeavor through this daily series of images and small 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 a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Blue Frame Art Nouveau Window

A good example of an Art Nouveau style hald-round window adorning a early 1900s house in Dorobanti area of Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

I like the colour contrast between the blue paint of the frame and the grey and white of the wall ornaments.

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I endeavor through this daily series of images and small 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 a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.