Neo-Romanian flower pot panels

The photographs displayed bellow present a sample from among the great multitude of flamboyant decorative panels that embellish many of the Neo-Romanian style houses in Bucharest. The common denominator for this particular selection is the presence of a flower pot at the centre of the panel from which flowers and grapevine plants spring up. The symbolism associated with the flower pot is that of the origin of life, while the luxuriant flowers and the grapevines represent the Garden of Eden.

Neo-Romanian style floral panel, mid-1930s house, Domenii area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)
Neo-Romanian style floral panel, late 1920s house, Dorobanti area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)
Neo-Romanian style floral panel, early 1920s house, Amzei area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)
Neo-Romanian style floral panel, early 1930s house, Dorobanti area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)
Neo-Romanian style floral panel, late 1920s house, Popa Soare area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)
Neo-Romanian style floral panel, mid-1920s house, Patriarhiei area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavour through this daily series of 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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If you plan acquiring or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Art Deco Floral Motifs for Birthday Celebration

Art Deco floral panels, 1930s Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

My wife, Diana, celebrates today her birthday! To mark this beautiful event, I composed a photomontage and slide show of Art Deco style floral panels, which I photographed throughout the year in Bucharest. These exquisite designs adorn façades of houses dating from the 1930s, a truly golden and happy era for this city. The panels are renderings of luxuriant flowers and vegetation symbolising the paradisiac Southern Seas to which the inter-war Bucharesters, inhabitants of Europe’s austere the lower Danube prairie, where longing to travel and experience, especially during the long Siberia like winters that often engulf this region. I would like to dedicate these charming architectural ‘slices of paradise’ to Diana and wish her a very, very happy birthday!!! Valentin 🙂

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Art Deco floral panels, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this series of daily 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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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.