Art Nouveau garden gate

Art Nouveau style garden gate dating from the 1910s, Gradina Icoanei area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

I discovered the rare for Bucharest Art Nouveau style garden gate, detailed in the photographs presented here, during the architectural history and photography tour, which I organised this just passed Sunday in Gradina Icoanei area of Bucarest. It is located on a private cul-de-sac road and as a result difficult to see from the main street. Solely the lower half of the structure, or rather a part of that sector, is original, created a century ago, constituted from a curvaceous wrought iron plant motif arranged in a typical Art Novueau tulip bulb pattern. Its upper half is quite an uninspired contemporary addition stitched on to increase the height of the fence and thus deter eventual intruders, a fact that reflects the stark contrast between the happy and prosperous times of the La Belle Époque Bucharest when this gate was put in place and today’s social topsy-turviness generated by Romania’s wild transition form communism to capitalism of the last two decades.

Art Nouveau style garden gate dating from the 1900s, Gradina Icoanei 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 Contact page of this weblog.

Wrought iron gate with cubist pattern

Bellow is a fascinating cubist-like design embellishing a wrought iron gate structure, which I encountered in Cotroceni quarter of Bucharest and have also shown to the participants at my architectural history tour, which took place in June past. It is another testimonial of the effervescent creative years of Bucharest that span the inter-war period, considered as a golden age for this city. The gate is in a run down state and needs urgent caring attention, but I doubt that it would ever receive any attention from the contemporary Bucharest people, having in fact a much higher chance to reach the scrapyard and be replaced by a new and “beautiful”, in their uncouth eyes, production line gate from a DIY shop.

Wrought iron gate with cubist pattern, Art Deco style house dating from the mid-1930s, Cotroceni area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Wrought iron gate with cubist pattern, Art Deco style house dating from the mid-1930s, Cotroceni area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Wrought iron gate with cubist pattern, Art Deco style house dating from the mid-1930s, Cotroceni area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Inversed colour filter: wrought iron gate with cubist pattern, Art Deco style house dating from the mid-1930s, Cotroceni 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.

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 wrought iron gate

This is an elaborate and exquisite wrought iron Neo-Romanian style gate dating from the late 1920s. It was quite difficult to bring out its intricate details due to the bright sunlight conditions and the abundant bush branches behind it that mimicked in colour the rust hues of the gate. I therefore resorted, in order to make those details more obvious, to a series of filters, results of which can be seen in the two images bellow. The first one is a black and white soft focus applied on saturated colours, while the second one is an inverse colour filter applied on an equalised spectrum image. I thus hope that those process would better convey the beauty and personality of this Neo-Romanian style architectural artefact.

Neo-Romanian style wrought iron gate, house dating from the late 1920s, Kisseleff area, Bucharest - black and white soft focus applied on saturated colours photograph (©Valentin Mandache)

Neo-Romanian style wrought iron gate, house dating from the late 1920s, Kisseleff area, Bucharest - inverse colour filter applied on equalised spectrum photograph (©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.

Daily Picture 23-Dec-09: Art Nouveau Wrought Iron Gate

A well preserved 1900s Art Nouveau style wrought iron gate with the monogram of the house owner at the centre of the main design patterns, recalling nostalgically the peaceful times of La Belle Époque in quaint old Bucharest; Regina Maria area. (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural 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 locating 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.