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Marzac: a castle up for auction!

Remained for six centuries, the stronghold of one of the oldest families in Périgord, then destined to be transformed into a luxury golf clubhouse, Marzac ended up at auction at the Bergerac Court without finding a buyer.

Marzac is nevertheless an emblematic castle of the Vézère valley.

Clinging to majestic cliffs emerging from the origin of the world, floating above the clouds on foggy days, with its terrace, its keep and its round towers capped with hennins,

Marzac is the archetype of the “fairy tale castle”.

For nearly 6 centuries, it wisely remained in the bosom of the same powerful family, transmitted by the game of alliances: from Rouffignac to Carbonnier de Marzac to Fleurieu .

Consequences of the economic and social upheavals of the two wars of the 20th century, Pierre de Fleurieu has been the last link in this uninterrupted chain since the 14th century, after having fought like a lion to change his ancestral land and adapt it to economic and social upheavals of the 20th century, he resigned himself to throwing in the towel in 1962.

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Pierre de Fleurieu, third out of Saint-Cyr, second lieutenant in the 28th dragons in 1915. He will still have the opportunity to illustrate his courage during the Second World War, by founding a resistance maquis in the Dordogne under the pseudonym "Captain Vézère ”. He ended his career as a soldier by receiving the insignia of Commander of the Legion of Honor. He died in Paris on October 6, 1977 and was buried in Tursac en Périgord.

In 1987, Marzac was bought by a Danish family. This is represented by a British company which, in order to develop the estate, has contracted a large debt with a Luxembourg bank.

Following financial difficulties, the bank is auctioning off the estate. As no one has purchased the property, the Luxembourg banking establishment becomes the owner of the estate.

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Thus in June 2019, Catherine and Jacques Guyot became the new owners of the Château de Marzac located in Tursac, in the Périgord Noir, an arrowhead of Lascaux and Sarlat.

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The Dining Room restored after 6 months of work.

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The cloister of Marzac.

Marzac: place of memory

by the painter Foujita

In 1913, the young Foujita arrived in France. He made the trip by boat in the company of Count Alphonse de Fleurieu. Explorer and geographer, this Perigord aristocrat is also a protector of the arts. He invites Foujita to Marzac and introduces him to his family.

When the First World War broke out, Foujita found himself cut off from his family and from Japan. Without resources, the young painter accepts the hospitality of the Fleurieu family. Accompanied by his friend Kawashima, * another Japanese artist, Foujita will stay from May 1915 to June 1916 at the Château de Marzac.

* future face of the global cosmetics brand SHISHEIDO

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With the recent discovery of the elements of Foujita's long stay in the midst of the 1914 war, it remains to deepen and highlight the benevolent role of the Fleurieu family in the blossoming of the fate of this world-renowned Franco-Japanese painter. .

During his stay in the land of man, Foujita will discover in Les Eyzies, the shock of the "trait" of cave art. Particularly during the visit of the caves of Combarelles in the company of the Pope of Prehistory, Abbé Breuil.

Foujita will leave many watercolors (never before exhibited) of the interiors and exteriors of Marzac and in particular of its cloister. We also discover his sense of humor through caricatures of members of the Fleurieu family, but also intimate drawings of daily life in the enchanted kingdom of Marzac such as swimming in the Vézère or exploring Fort de Reignac.

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After the war, Foujita will become the undisputed master of the School of Paris, friend of the greatest, Picasso, Braque, Soutine and of course Modigliani. All his life, he has shown in his work his sensitivity to nature and his interest in flowers, especially the rose.