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Château de Talcy

Explore this agricultural castle, built in the 16th century and destined to be used by poets.

The slim, pointed silhouette of the castle of Talcy, an old seigniorial residence in the Val de Loire, stands out in the middle of the cereal plains of the Beauce region. Built partly in the 16th century, it retains traditional elements of fortification but with no actual defensive function. Sobre and elegant, this monument displays a lack of ostentation that emphasizes this feeling of archaism, whilst creating the link with Renaissance architecture.

La façade d'entrée

La façade d’entrée sur rue, orientée à l’est, massive avec sa tour porche, devait se compléter d’une aile à l’ouest. Elle a fait l’objet d’une campagne de travaux pour agrandir les percements et ainsi conférer plus de lumière aux espaces intérieurs.

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Porch tower
The 15th century porch tower, framed with turrets and topped off by its parapet wall with its battlements and machicolations that give it an enclosed and defensive air, is a reminder of the fact that Bernard Salviati had received permission from the King to fortify his residence.

Entrée sur la cour d'honneur

Du passage par la porte cochère, le regard embrasse l’enfilade d’espaces jusqu’au bois de Talcy.

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Other side of entrance facade
Three multi-sided turrets, out of the four original turrets added in the 16th century, have been preserved. In 1723, the controversial fire in a main building adjacent to the tower destroyed the fourth turret, the ruined traces of which can still be seen.

Main courtyard
Each courtyard and all the gardens are enclosed by high stone walls punctuated by large wrought iron gates within the porch tower area.

The 16th century well provided the castle with its own drinking water. Constructed in Beauce stone, it is topped off by a solidly built dome supported by freestone Tuscan columns. With a depth of 24 meters, it is adorned by so-called Pierre de Ronsard roses in memory of the poet’s love for Cassandre Salviati, daughter of the castle's first owner. The 19th century tank adjoining it was used to store water for the day.

The steward’s house is located in front of the pigeonhouse in the farmyard. Before becoming a permanent residence under the Stapfers, the steward was responsible for managing the estate in the owners' absence (organizing work, collecting sales debts, selling farm products, etc.).

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A major architectural feature and one of the largest in the region, the pigeonhouse, 30 meters high and 9.1 meters in diameter, housed 3,000 pigeons in 1,490 putlog holes. The pigeons and their eggs were for consumption and their droppings used as a natural fertilizer.

The 18th century wine press, the design of which is similar to Leonardo de Vinci’s civil machines, produced 25,000 liters of wine per year.

Outside gallery
Providing access to the main building, the gallery with lowered arches known as basket arches was built for Bernard Salviati. The decorative features indicate incipient incorporation of the style of the first Renaissance.

Ground floor

The office has a remarkable painted ceiling adorned with the initials of the Salviatis’ friends and family; only the initials "YS" have been identified, intertwined with Isabelle Salviati. In the 18th century the potager was used to heat plates that arrived from the kitchen.

In the kitchen, the splendid 18th century arch fireplace, modified to incorporate a rotisserie type of system, stands next to the table on which the bloodied body of the poet Théodore Agrippa d’Aubigné was thrown in 1572 following a skirmish during the Wars of Religion.

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This has a firing point for culverins that allowed the courtyard to be defended against potential attacks.

Bedroom of Charles IX
Charles IX, like his mother Catherine de Médicis, never stayed in this bedroom, which was not built at the time of his visit. The name is in homage to the time they came in 1562. With its Hungarian point textiles and its wood paneling, the room displays a decor typical of the 17th century with its architectural modifications aimed at making the castle more comfortable.

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First floor

Bedroom of Catherine de Médicis
Isabelle Salviati’s bedroom in the 17th century, it was recreated under the Burgeats in a perfectly preserved 18th century decor. There we find a charming ladies’ writing desk in rosewood marquetry known as a "bonheur du jour" (daytime delight).

Bedroom of General Chanzy
Although General Chanzy stayed there very little, we can see the presence of a Tronchin table for reading maps and an amazing little washstand/bidet that was both collapsible and convertible.

Dressing room
Reconstruction of a 19th century bathroom; there is a bath tub with a soiled bath towel.

Le petit salon
Ce charmant petit salon qui faisait partie des appartements privés de Madame Stapfer comprend une très belle suite de mobilier et de fauteuils à la Reine ainsi qu’une exceptionnelle paire de vases japonais en porcelaine laquée de forme cornée du XIXe siècle.
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La salle à manger
Cette rarissime salle à manger du milieu du XVIIIe siècle authentique du sol au plafond est tendue de toile de lin peinte à motifs d’indiennes. Autour de la table se réunissait le cercle des amis illustres de la famille Stapfer de passage à Talcy : Stendhal, Delacroix, Mérimée, Arago, Thiers...

Large drawing room
Occupying the first floor of the porch tower and the only room with wide openings made in the two facades, the decoration of this drawing room is reminiscent of the drawing room of Marie-Antoinette at the Trianon in Versailles. It affords magnificent view of the gardens in line with the Rousseauesque taste for nature. Between the two intersections there is an outstanding and extremely rare dresser, said to be from the Indies and with Chinese decoration by cabinet-maker Jean Demoulin.

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Castle of Talcy
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This virtual exhibition has been put together by teams from the Centre des monuments nationaux, with the help of teams from the Château de Talcy, the support of teams from the images unit and coordination by the digital unit.
The images were taken from Regards - Banque d’images des monuments © Centre des monuments nationaux.

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