Hello! As we are entering this new year step by step, I thought it appropriate to share with you some bits and pieces of a beautiful set of doors on Carrer Balmes, as if they were the pieces of a puzzle.
Starting at the top of the double door, we have the top of the pillar which sustains the lintel around the doorway, and which shows carvings of oak leaves and a couple of balls…
In the top panels, as is so very common here, in Barcelona, we find an iron ventilation grille, the shape of which reminds me of a pair of eyes looking out at the world.
Moving further down this pair of beautiful wooden doors, we find a couple of brassy door knockers, which have been well shined and which reflect (very faintly) parts of the building across the wide street.
The door handles on these impressive doors are rather dainty, I think, and a little out of proportion. But they are cute, shiny and well worn.
The rectangular panels on the various parts of the doors are decorated with wooden nobs. I’m not sure if they are merely decorative, or actually serve a purpose (like holding those panels into place)?
And where the various carved and raised rims around the panels join, square bits have been used, instead of the more traditional 45º cut. I like them a lot!
Midway along the central pillar between the doors, the carvings of the pillar mimic the square details I just mentioned, but with a slight twist. Literally.
This pair of doors has no less than 3 letterboxes (I don’t believe I have ever seen more than two on any pair of doors), all in shiny, brassy condition. But I suspect that one of the them (below) is purely decorative, for it doesn’t seem like any letters will be able to be delivered through it.
Finally, the base line, where the pillar and the doors meet the marble doorstep. The pillar appears to be sunk into a solid trunk, which is actually quite irregular at its base, but otherwise nicely turned. If you look closely, it seems that the base was faceted, but the wear and tear of its age have softened the angles…
Do you recognise these doors from your wanderings around Barcelona? I’ll give you a hint, you can find them between Carrer Diputació and Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes.