Art Deco gateway

This is an interesting example for Bucharest of an Art Deco style gateway that has obviously seen better days compared with the contemporary aesthetic injuries perpetrated by the ugly multitude of gas pipes blighting the casual observer’s vision and perennial lack of maintenance that it has suffered throughout the last six and a half decades since the end of the Second World War. The gateway consists of a rectangular archway with a chunky receding ends transverse bar, decorated with an apparent keystone formed from three vertical blades arranged in ziggurat fashion, and a wrought iron gate that fills in the entire arch opening. Three identical monograms of a crisp Art Deco design adorn each sector of the gate (see second photograph bellow).

Art Deco gateway, mid-1930s property, Mantuleasa area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Art Deco gateway, mid-1930s property, Mantuleasa area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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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 Contactpage of this weblog.

Neo-Romanian style monogram panel

Neo-Romanian style monogram panel, early 1920s house, Dorobanti area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

This panel is about 1.5 metre in length and sits on the first floor level of a street corner Neo-Romanian style house in the Dorobanti area of Bucharest. It contains at its centre the monogram of the house owner, the intertwined V and A initials, set among luxurious vegetation motifs. The design is typical for the 1920s period, in the first years after the First World War, when in Romania were still echoes in the decorative arts from the historicist styles (neo-baroque, neo-rococo) of the c19th, visible here in the lettering style reminding of the rococo architectural letter rendering or in the laurel wreath, a rare classical antiquity reverberation for a Neo-Romanian setting, embracing the monogram. The rest of the panel is filled by a dense symmetrical array, inspired from the Ottoman Islamic art, of grape and acanthus vines adorned with ample leaves, flowers and many grape fruit. The whole assembly is an epitome for the Neo-Romanian decorative concepts in the years before the emergence on the local scene of the Art Deco and International Modernist styles.

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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 Contactpage of this weblog.