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Garden pavilion in the grounds of Cotroceni Royal Palace, Bucharest cca 1903. The structure is built in an exquisite combination of Art Nouveau and Neo-Romanian styles. (old photograph, Valentin& Diana Mandache collection)

Garden pavilion in the grounds of Cotroceni Royal Palace, Bucharest cca 1903. The structure is built in an exquisite combination of Art Nouveau and Neo-Romanian styles. (Valentin & Diana Mandache collection)

The photograph above was taken cca 1903, during a May Day garden party organised in the grounds of Cotroceni Royal Palace in Bucharest by the crown princely couple, Ferdinand and Marie, shown here at the centre of the photograph. The garden pavilion exhibits a splendid combination of international Art Nouveau and grass roots Neo-Romanian styles, being very telling of those interesting times of art experiments in Europe. Princess Marie, a British born royal, niece of Queen Victoria, was at the forefront of the Art Nouveau movement in Romania. She was an able promoter through her own creations ranging from high quality drawings to furniture and interior design, many of which still survive today. Marie also had direct contact with many famous Art Nouveau artists like Gustav Klimt who was commissioned by the Romanian Royal Family to paint interiors at the Peles Castle in the Transylvanian Alps or visits by Sarah Bernard, the actress, an icon for the Art Nouveau movement. All rights reserved

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This post has initially been published under the autorship of Valentin Mandache on Historic Houses of Romania blog [see also Daily Picture: Royal Garden Pavilion]

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