Art Deco era builder name tablet

The name tablets of architects and builders are a conspicuous and enchanting feature on many of Bucharest’s inter-war public and private edifices. There is a great variety of lettering designs, with the most attractive ones adorning the Art Deco era buildings. The images bellow (grey scale and inverse colour copies of the same photograph) present a builder’s name tablet dating from the second part of the 1930s, which I found during my architectural photography outing yesterday in the Cotroceni area of the city. The name “G. Davys” indicates a person of west European descent, possibly Welsh, working as a developer on the lucrative Romanian property market of that era. I like the highly schematic design of the letters and their excellent inner proportion. The inverse colour filter image (second bellow) excellently conveys the three-dimensionality of these letters evidenced by the strong late afternoon sunshade of that day.

Art Deco era builders name tablet (grey scale filter), Cotroceni area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)
Art Deco era builders name tablet (inverse colour filter), Cotroceni area, Bucharest ©Valentin Mandache


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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2 thoughts on “Art Deco era builder name tablet

    • Thank you for the very interesting details about G. Davys! It seems that he was a member of the large cosmopolitan Bucharest communities of that era, making a living in the big melting pot of nationalities represented by the city and its culture. The family name looks Welsh, while the given name looks French, GD being perhaps the child of a mixed nationality couple; and he possibly considered himself Romanian. VM



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