Elaborate Neo-Romanian style finial

An elaborate example of Neo-Romanian style finial, early 1920s house, ASE area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The finial is the ornamental terminal feature at the top of a roof pinnacle or gable. The Neo-Romanian style buildings are often endowed with spectacular finials, where their design, ornament and decoration encompasses in a small space the essence and spirit of that architectural order specific to this region of Europe. I found the finial example pictured above as being one of the most elaborate and also well proportioned, which I encountered in my fieldwork in Bucharest and the rest of Romania. It has also been presented in a large photomontage and slide show of Neo-Romanian style finials, some monts ago, but I wanted to bring it back to attention with a more detailed photograph. I like the two main motifs categories making up the decorative register of this finial: the late medieval Wallachian church inspired ones such as the window-like openings at the base or the rope and the diagonal line motifs above and on the other hand the peasant art inspired motif represented by the stylisation of a hay stack crowning the finial. The whole assembly exudes confidence and a sense of history.

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One thought on “Elaborate Neo-Romanian style finial

  • Probabil este vorba de creatia lui Statie Ciortan pt salariatii Min.Finantelor, din Pta.Lahovary, in stil neoromanesc…insa acest detaliu cu motz este total eclectic…

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