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Restitution of a not delivered order



Selon the archives an order of several columns was never delivered. It would be a question of reconstituting the delivery terms as to the XVII° siècle.
the 12 blocks would leave Minervois, would join the ports of the channel of the South which would stage demonstrations (Trèbes, Puichéric, Carcassonne, Toulouse, Bordeaux) and would arrive at Versailles after a crossing in bateau.
A Versailles the blocks would be delivered then the columns would be extracted from it on the spot in the gardens.
Financement and publicity could be assured by televisions. Why not a call with the patronage of Versailles, the local patronage (Pennautier, HSBC, Gemini).
Voir page MARBRES for more details on transport of the marbre

project 1

PROJECT 1 marble Column transported by boat

The idea here is to illustrate how these important blocks (up to 7 tons) were transported at the time by inland waterway to Versailles: the blocks, trimmed in the career, were surrounded by tree trunks in order to form a raft which was then drawn by a boat.

project 2

PROJECT 2 marble Column partially finished

The idea here is to illustrate how columns were carved at the time in these blocks of rough marble

project 3

PROJECT 3 marble Column broken

This project is an alternative of project 2

project 1 2 3

List of projects

This list of projects is not exhautive nor restrictive. We will be able with the need to modify them or adapt them to the où places; they will be exposed, to see developing others of them. To have various plans for various places is thus perfectly possible.

For these various projects the marble, according to the parts of the sculpture, will be shown in the 3 successive stages of completion

  • rough completion
  • bouchardée completion
  • polished completion
  • Appendices



    Association Marbles in Minervois

    The purpose of association is to promote the marble in particular, and in particular in
  • organizing all types of exhibitions, festivals, symposiums, etc, proposing and by animating all places in keeping with the marble, its history, its past and futur.
  • facilitating the bringing together, the exchange, even twinning with other towns of France or besides which declare an art marbrier.
  • collecting, bringing closer or by putting in network all the documents, people or associations who have as an interest for the marbre.
  • association Marbles in Minervois gathers professionals of the marble, tradesmen, shelterers, artists, historians and the voluntary ones who carry an interest for the marble.

    the marble of Caunes Minervois has a history which gœs up at the time Roman, it became with the wire of the centuries one of the assets of the economy of the village, then it was joined in its fame by the abbey of Caunes Minervois.

    association aims at giving a cultural, tourist and economic impetus with the whole of Minervois, especially in this wine crisis period.

    the will of association Marbles in Minervois is to give a strong identity to the area, to show the art monumental mason with greatest number and especially to make there take part living strength of the area by gathering them and in their proposer inter alia exhibitions and circuits relating to the marble.

    By consulting our http://www;marbresenminervois.eu/ website, you will discover the splendid marbles of Minervois there the goal of our association and breadths events which we organize.

    Our association Marbles In Minervois was founded in 2009 and gœs well. The greatest difficulty is to choose among our many projects which will be developed firstly in 2014 and 2015!

    We hope also soon to find with association Marbrières the good manner to coordinate our mutual efforts aiming at promoting the various facets of the marble of Minervois. Indeed, association Marbrières has very interesting and complementary plans without to compete with those of our Association Marbles in Minervois, and it should thus be integrated in the global project of the Path of the Marble.

    the marble represents one of the too rare resources of our area, and we think that the various activities aiming at emphasizing the marble must take part in cultural development and economic in the interest of tous.

    the various projects developed around the marble are excellent way achieve together this social objective of which we all are Co-responables, and this more especially as part of financial means used come from public allocations.

    Rappelons which it is while going that one learns how to run, and that I am thus necessary to start with first small common successes before building some then larger!

    Rome is not contruite in one day, but it seems to me that this project will succeed all the more easily if it is quickly concretized in order to then be able to put all our energies in its setting in &œlig; uvre practical.


    Marble careers of Minervois, yesterday and today



    Yesterday

    Even if it remains today only little of preserved vestiges, it is necessary to imagine the intense activity of the careers of Minervois during the Roman occupation and the export of the marbles in all the Mediterranean basin, in particular in Italy. On the whole of the French territory, one evokes the marble of Languedoc, in connection with many private monuments, religious or royal. Several careers were useful under the Former regime, but it is mainly the sites of Caunes Minervois and Cat-like in Minervois, on the sunny slope of the Black Mountain. Indeed the abundance of the stones marbrières, the wealth of their color, the variety of let us tons indicated a single and exceptional site.

    Around 1615, the abbot of the Benedictine monastery of Caunes meets in Rome of the Italian sculptors and invites them to come to prospect the grounds of sound terroire. The Masters rediscover sites rich in marble of various qualities and colors. It acts, for these native sculptors of Carrara marble and its surroundings, to rediscover the marble careers already used during antiquity and the Middle Ages. Stefano Sormano and Antoine Ligani, helped their brothers, send columns and works already carved in Italy for the ornament of the churches, Genoa or Holy Pierre de Rome. They export blocks towards Italy leaves the ports Narbonne and from Agde and in return the white Carrara marble marble is transported in Languedoc.

    the exploitation becomes increasingly intensive because of the requests carried out for the large Italian churches which emphasize the color flesh on veined white Carrara marble. The marble incarnates, most required, will be useful initially for the area, in Toulouse or Auch. Thanks to the Bernin sculptor, the reputation of the marbles of Minervois reaches the Court and Louis XIV fact of ordering significant amounts for the embellishment of the royal buildings. The arrival of Jean Baux, French architect, in Caunes also will involve a development of the extraction to the profit of the churches of the south-west of the kingdom, Auch, Toulouse, Bordeaux. The abbey of Caunes, owner of the processing sites, requires a financial royalty for each block of marble incarnates left the careers of Terrables. At the end of the XVII ème century, the marble of Caunes affirms its pondérance on that of Campan (65) and it is used in coatings, the chimneys, the pavement, the 277 pilasters of the frontages of Large Trianon, representing approximately 2,500 m3 (on standby of restoration today).

    the marble incarnates rest most frequently required by the chapters and the individuals, can be because there remain about it provisions which the king sells. Of àprès a report drawn up for the intendant of Languedoc, dominate the whipped red marble of gray and white spots and the marble morello cherry, original by its colour of dark red interfered clearer nodules. Few traces of the other colors.

    During the XVII ème and XVIII ème centuries, the main part of the extractions relates to several careers which functioned with full output. They form a crescent with hillside: in the North-East of the castle of Villerambert, incarnates it and the ancient red; on the edges of the Money Doubles, the saveloy, the green of the Mill and the rock of Buffens, exploited starting from 1712; the morello cherry and incarnates it on the plate of Terrables; incarnates in the great career which dominates the throats of Souc or the Cross-country race; gray in the low career, dominating the old way of the Cross-country race; the morello cherry and the turquin around Boriette and on the territory the Cat-like ones. The ancient red exists in Caunes and Villerambert. The green is exploited starting from 1712, under the rock of Buffens.

    Near this career, a taweg dug by the team of the Dervillé company made it possible to carry out balusters of the grand opera of Paris, in 1862. To the North-West of the castle, a site interesting and used long time, provides a red and red marble of turquin to blue veins.

    Along the brook, appears a marble of the red type ancient with a colour violet and a red purple wood with microphone goniatites and spots. The color violet comes from iron oxide with manganese inclusions.

    With the revolution, after the sale of the national goods of the abbey, the descendants of the associates to the purchase of the careers of Caunes in 1807 continue the activity in family: Beams, Galiner, Make up, Molinier and Gouze developed generations of specialists who practise industry marbrière along XIX ème century. The many boys, trained with the sculpture and the trade, settle in the main towns of midday and maintain the reputation of quality, while tending to propose identical models. The war of 1914 will carry some of young people and will cause the end of the Company of the marbles of Caunes; rare workshops remained in activity until 1950 for sawing and the polishing carried out primarily by women.
    Today, in Languedoc as in the Pyrenees, the majority of the careers benefits from the work heavy and qualified Italians, in connection with modern Carrara marble societies. Only in Caunes and in particular on Villerambert one finds an owner local independent. The boroughs, formerly famous for their crafts monumental mason, develop original tourism while making discover their sites and monuments, by emphasizing the places of extraction.

    And today!

    Even if today only some marble careers are still exploited in the minervois, the slopes of our villées are literally sifted old careers!

    the marble is becoming again one of materials of sculpture most important, even if since centuries of many artists never ceased working it;

    the marble always exerts an irresistible facination and it is thus logical that at one time or another their artistic courses much of sculptors feel the need and the need for being confronted with the marble.

    Today still of the careers of this red marble is in exploitation and their marble continuous with being used in very coma great projects for example the future highest tower of the world with Djeddah. This marble thus constitutes rare and invaluable economic resource for its region.


    Marble of Caunes for largest world tour



    Marble of Caunes for largest world tour

    The company OLD of Caunes-Minervois will provide during ten years of the marble for a skyscraper of more than 1,000 m high, in construction in Saudi Arabia. The marble of Caunes-Minervois will address as tu tops. The company OLD, which exploits the career of Villerambert, was selected to provide the pink marble of highest the world tour, ‶Kingdom Tower‶, which should exceed the 1,000 Mr. His construction will begin in 2014 in Djeddah, in Saudi Arabia. This large contract will not provide less than ten years of work to the company audoise, starting from 2016. With, with the key, not less than 36 extra works, including thirty for the factory of polishing, on a site which counts currently only 3 of them!

    a stage for France

    C' is at the time of a visit of one of its deposits, in Riyadh, three years ago, that the manager of OLD, Khalid Massoud, fortuitously met one of the promoters of this large tower, close to the royal family. The marble incarnates obviously allured them. ‶They visited my career. And since, they come every six months‶, the entrepreneur tells. The invaluable material, extract of the basement of Caunes, will equip with the bathrooms, the pavements, the colonnades, the fountains. In the middle of other marbles coming from 28 careers in the world: Brazil (green), Italy (white), Morocco (black). Incarnates particularly will be employed in the stage dedicated to France. In this building with Pharaonic dimensions, each level will make, indeed, reference to a country.