Art Nouveau style royal garden pavilion

Garden pavilion in the grounds of Cotroceni Royal Palace, Bucharest cca 1903. The structure is built in an exquisite combination of Art Nouveau and Neo-Romanian styles. (old photograph, Valentin Mandache collection)


The photograph above was taken cca 1903, during a May Day garden party organised in the grounds of Cotroceni Royal Palace in Bucharest by the crown princely couple, Ferdinand and Marie, shown here at the centre of the photograph. The garden pavilion exhibits a splendid combination of international Art Nouveau and grass roots Neo-Romanian styles, being very telling of those interesting times of art experiments in Europe. Princess Marie, a British born royal granddaughter of Queen Victoria, was at the forefront of the Art Nouveau movement in Romania. She was an able promoter through her own creations ranging from high quality drawings to furniture and interior design, many of which can still be admired today in museums. Marie also had contacts with famous Art Nouveau artists like Gustav Klimt who was commissioned by the Romanian Royal Family to paint interiors at the Peles Castle in the Transylvanian Alps or visits by Sarah Bernhardt, the actress, an iconic figure for the Art Nouveau movement.


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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