Daily Picture 10-Mar-10: A Fine and Cheerful Art Deco Floral Panel

A well designed Art Deco style floral panel, part of the decorative panoply in this style of an early 1930s town house in Cismigiu north area of Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

We had a very wintry weather in Bucharest during this time of the ‘spring’ season, with quite depressing snowstorms. Wandering on the streets during a lull between storms, I found and photographed the above exquisite Art Deco panel, which acted as an excellent remedy to the sombre state induced by the unusual weather. It depicts a cheerful explosion of foliage and flowers typical of a warmer climate, a familiar theme in the Art Deco architecture of 1930s Bucharest. I thus realised even more poignantly that longing for the serendipity of the southern seas, as shown in this rendering of luxurious vegetation, was then as obsessive among the Bucharest people as it is today.

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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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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating 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.

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