Art Deco Gate Handles: Photomontage & Slide Show

Old Bucharest Art Deco style gate handles dating from 1930s. (©Valentin Mandache)

The gate handle is among the most worn off elements of a gateway structure. About eighty years have passed since the Art Deco style gateways were put in place, in the the third and fourth decade of the c20th, and therefore is difficult to find original examples of gate handles designed in this style. I was able to locate, searching very carefully, during my photo-shoot fieldwork in Bucharest, a few such artefacts, which I assembled in the photomontage above and the slide show bellow the text. I like their chunkiness and robustness, conveying the impression of the new and brave post- Great War machine era when the Art Deco style was in vogue.

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