Daily Picture 27-Sep-09: Early Art Deco Peasant Market Ornamental Panel

Matache Market decorative panel (©Valentin Mandache)

Art Deco decorative panel (end 1920s) above main entrance of Matache Market Hall, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Bucharest is traditionally supplied with fresh agricultural products by the peasants farming in the vast countryside surrounding Romania’s capital. They sell their products in a number of markets throughout the city. One of the oldest and largest such place is Matache Market, located close to the main train station of the city, Gara de Nord, allowing easy access of peasants selling their products form further afield, even from as far as Transylvania. The market is still using many of its old 1920-’30s buildings, which although are in a very run down state, still display interesting early Art Deco elements peculiar to the industrial architecture of that era. The most conspicuous ornament is an early equivocal Art Deco style panel (see above) depicting a butcher at its centre and on both sides peasants in traditional dress unloading their products, a scene that has not changed very much and can still be witnessed live today, nearly a century later (©Valentin Mandache)


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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