The half-hard stone of Garchy-Malvaux

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The half hard lime stone from Malvaux-Garchy can be employed for the ground floor or as covering, support, cornice, rebounding or elevation.

*Margin of difficulty concerning the cutting of the stone (according to the AFNOR norm)= 6,5: half-hard stone

*Impact resistance: from 170 to 330 kg/cm2

*Its tonality: white with fine round specks

*Use: for ground floor, frames, stones forming the corner of buildings, chimneys…

Restoration of the facade from the Town Hall and the one of the « Compagnie Préservatrice » in Orléans
Building of the Tourist Office in Clery Saint André in the Loiret county
« La Halle aux Grains » in Blois
Building of the Leisure Centre and restoration of the Town Hall in Selles-sur-Cher
Restoration of the Cathedrales in Nevers, Bourges, Orléans…
In 1948, restoration of every blocks of flats in Rue Royale and Rue Jeanne D’Arc in Orléans
Casino in Vichy
In Saint Etienne, the Munitions Factory
Churches in Briare and Saint Andelain (their steeples are made of stones)
Castles in Sancerre, Verger and especially « le Château du Nozet » in Pouilly-sur-Loire

*Supply : in slices, sawn elements with six fronts or finished goods .

This stone is recommended for moulding or turning of balusters.


The hard stone of Verger

The hard stone from Verger is a limestone which does not freeze and is not subjected to any restriction of use.

*Margin of difficulty concerning the cutting of the stone (according to the AFNOR norm)= 10-11: hard stone.

*Impact resistance: from 700 to 1300 Kg/cm2.

*Porosity: 12% that is to say a stone which does not freeze.

*Its tonality: beige, yellow, beige and blue whether veined or speckled.

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Verger marbré

Verger Beige et Bleu

Verger Beige

*Use: Bases for bridges in rivers, basins, fountains, gutters, gargoyles, kerbs, plinths, pavements, walls and soil covering, inside and outside stairs.
This stone is used under any climate without any limitation of use.

*References: It was used several times in works of Art for the French Railway administrations and also for historic buildings :

-Reconstruction of the « Pont Wilson » in Tours

-« Bassin de Diane » in the « château de Chenonceau »

-Crowns at the top of the walls surrounding the moats in the castle of « Bellegarde

-Cornices on the bridges in Vierzon

-Restoration of works on the canals going through the « Nivernais » and the « Berry »

-Churches in Besançon and Metz

*Supply: sliced, the products are just sawed or definitely cut, they are moulded or turned


Some good reasons to choose the stone

Either for the Egyptian Temples, the cathedrales or even the « Châteaux de la Loire », stone asserts its qualities.

Stone is making your image :

If Nature is the mother of stone, it is through men’s actions that stone takes its definite forms, showing itself able to answer different demands.
The fact that it is cut according to very precise measures allows stone to adapt itself to any needs and by getting it personalised, you obviously avoids standardisation.

Hence, Beauty and Originality are at anyone’s level.

Stone inscribes itself in the current quest for authenticity :

Our time is characterised by a return to the basic life, a quest for our roots and stone is the noble material which symbolises the return to the ancestral Tradition, to Nature.

Stone is part of a certain quality of life :

When, at the climax of Summer, stone keeps your house fresh, you also expect it to remain a heat insulator in Winter so as to keep your house warm against the Cold.

Another precious quality concerning stone is that of sound insulation for we increasingly need protection against the more and more frequent and more and more intense assaults of that element.

People working in the Building Industry have succeeded in adapting themselves to the various modern techniques which, thus, enable stone to be a material answering the present need of immediacy in our society.

Stone is a lasting and transmittable material :

A building is not a good of ephemeral consumption. The large inheritance left by the previous generations either in town or in the countryside really proves it.

What about those constructions if light and unreliable material had been used ?

Stone can answer the reproach which is often formulated against it: is stone really an expensive material ?

What is to be asked is if, for a same period of existence, to invest in a construction which will require many upkeeps and will last less than half a century is really a good operation ?

For, a material which does stand the test of time is eventually a guarantee to save money.

It is well-known that a material, when it is a heat insulator one, makes you spend less money to keep your house warm.

To assert that stone is more expensive than other materials would be like comparing what cannot be compared.

Its qualities as well as its aspect ­knowing that for colours, the ground is rich enough to offer a large range of tints- bring to a stone construction a character that no other material can offer.

Its nobility and the luxury that stone guarantees cannot be equalled.

With stone, luxury is within everyone’s pocket.

Besides, in an inquiry towards architects in a BATIMAT exhibition, all of them have recognised the qualities of stone; yet, they need to be informed, stimulated and accompanied in their process concerning a material such as stone.

Moreover, you should try and get some information towards your tax collection office for you can get from 15 % to 20 % out of your bill for the works you make in your main house concerning coverings, replacement of paving stones or balustrades, for heat insulator or sound insulation.

Consequently, to choose Stone is synonymous with living peacefully, building for a long time while thinking equally about Present as well as Past and Future.


During thousands years and in any great civilisation, the STONE – which was then only a raw product just extracted from the soil- was the major material among those which were meant for the construction of lasting buildings.
France is the country in Europe which is the richest as for the deposits ; whether concerning the number of quarries which are exploited or for the variety of extracted stones, their aspect and their possible use.
We must notice that only the quarries whose materials are of good quality have really stood the test of time and have been able to live on until nowadays.

Now the stones are known and listed on all official documents for people working in the building industry.
Their mechanical characteristics as well as their ability of use have been sanctioned by the Building Industry and the Civil Engineering laboratories.
The stone used in construction are defined according to several criteria: their Visible volumic body , their impact resistance, their porosity, their sound propagation speed…all this according to the AFNOR French norms.
Owing to our various qualities of stones which are perfectly complementary, we are able to realise any work with stones related to building as well as for new constructions than for works of restoration concerning the quarry stones, the covering of walls or soil, by cutting or turning.

Choose a quarry :

* Verger
* Garchy-Malvaux

Sauvanet quarries : the business of a large quarry masters family

Along the river of the Loire, an area well known in France for its vineyards, the Sauvanet family works the stone for now almost 200 years that is to say about 7 generations.

Le nostre attività sono localizzate in due siti :

The quarry of VERGER, situated in the village of Suilly-la-Tour (near Cosne-sur-Loire) was probably opened about the 16th century ­the village had until 150 quarrymen during a certain period. Since 1922, the mass of stone which covers about 40 hectares is exploited on a height of 25 metres whereas beforehand, the surface strata were worked by some craftsmen who used to rent the land by square metre.

Its layers are visible and composed of: coarse-grained rocks for the quarry stone at the surface, stones with tighter grains looking like marble : the speckled Verger then the veined Verger and finally the Lyot layers which are entirely beige or beige-blue.

The quarry of GARCHY-MALVAUX, towards Pouilly-sur-Loire, discovered several centuries ago, was re-exploited in 1948. It must be said that this stone was chosen by the sculptor Pina, who was a brilliant student learning his Art with Rodin in the 1920s.

This quarry exploited on a height of 19 metres, offers two different stones of different quality; both are half-hard and « white-cream » coloured but at the top, you can find the stone of Malvaux whereas the stone of Garchy is harder and horizontally veined.

The company which is made of 18 persons, is currently managed by two dynamic and passionate brothers both named SAUVANET.
A pretty team of young successors is standing out and, in spite of the ephemeral-even if numerous- crazes of fashion and of the economic ups and downs, they are willing to perpetuate this special activity and its know-how as well as the Familial Tradition which is, to them, a value as reliable as stone.

You are invited to visit those sites which are in fact, a combined work between Nature and Men.

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