Art Deco Window & Tree of Life Neo-Romanian Panel

Art Deco window & tree of life Neo-Romanian ornamental panel adorning a late 1920s house in Gara de Nord area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The image above shows a telling example of Art Deco – Neo-Romanian syncretism of styles often encountered on the Romanian architectural scene in the period spanning between late 1920s and 1930s. The window openings and panes are designed in an Art Deco manner, while at its centre is a narrow Neo-Romanian style ornamental panel depicting a gracious tree of life symbol. This is a representation of the grapevine plant, a Neo-Romanian motif that originates in the late medieval Wallachian church decoration register. The tree of life rises up in leaf waves from a flower pot that resembles a traditional Romanian peasant pottery example, surmounted by birds flying in ascending spirals along its upright stem toward the Sun, the generator of life and energy, symbolised in this instance by a sunflower flower.


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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