Pierres et Terres de France
-CREATING OUR HERITAGE
In architecture and gardens, we believe stone is a powerful way to capture the spirit of an era for generations.
We believe stone embodies our heritage.
In everything we do, our craftsmen are proud to carefully select the finest materials and to use artisan techniques.
Each of our sculptures, fountains and architectural elements is made to integrate and enhance the unique atmosphere of a XVIIth century castle, an English garden or a contemporary house
- WE ARE BORN AT THE TOP OF A CATHEDRAL
Our story begins in 1866 in the centre of France with the restoration of the cathedral of Clermont-Ferrand. Les monuments historiques (French Heritage) had just been founded a few years previously, their architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc supervises the project and selects the best masons and stonecutters : the Genestes – father and sons.
Within five generations, the family company improved its expertise and its reputation. In 1989, the craftsmen Calvets open a workshop dedicated to the stonework in the outbuildings of Château de Saulnat. Nowadays, every project of Pierres & Terres de France is designed and produced in these XVIIIth century surroundings.
Our craftsmen are selected among talented stone-cutters from Architectural Heritage. After years of apprenticeship and experience, they master traditional hand carving techniques to create any stonework. We are also innovating in the art of moulding.
We create our own techniques to cast crushed natural stone and various blend of patina to weather our statuary. We are proud when our sculptures give the impression to be at the same place for ten generations.
YOUR PERSONALISED PROJECT
Since our stonework is made to last centuries in a unique place, we take time to study and discuss the various options of design, stones, carving, moulding and patina with you, your architect or your landscape designer.
From our restoration of estates in France and in other European countries, we have created almost two hundred examples of fountains, pools, urns, statues and mantle-pieces. We are also happy to craft personalised elements to your specifications.