Neoromanian Style Peacock Motif Photomontage

A photomontage with a sample from the myriad of peacock motif ornaments that adorn the inter-war Neo- Romanian style houses of Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The Neo-Romanian style has the peacock motif, inspired from the late-medieval Wallachian church architecture, as one of its key decorative elements, adorning many houses built in this style in the inter-war period. The photomontage above shows a sample from the multitude of patterns depicting this motif, that have as a common theme the representation of this bird as a symbol of beauty and peace, often shown feeding from grapefruit among grape leaves and vines that signify the biblical Garden of Eden, and its modern correspondent in the abundance of that plant and wine industry in the prosperous peace times from 1920s to late 1930s Romania.

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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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