"LES CABANES" OR "LES SAVOURNINS BAS" – ALIAS "LE VILLAGE DES BORIES" –
AT GORDES, VAUCLUSE
A conference with slide show given at the Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires in Paris
in Jean Cuisenier's and Jean-Marie Pesez's classes (1977-1978)
The various groups
10 - Group I, subgroup Ia: side view of house and cabane
This subgroup is comprised of a conventional first-floor house laid at a right angle with a stable-cum-sheep shelter.
11- Group I, subgroup Ia: the house
This is a rectangular building, with walls of stones bound with clay mortar,
with its façade looking South and its North wall windowless. It has two
According to Mr Viala, this house may date from the late 17th century or early 18th century. However, according to a collaborator of mine, the lintel above the ground-floor entrance, with its segmental arch, is typical of the second half of the 18th century in Provence.
12 - Group I, subgroup Ia: the cabane
13 - Ditto: the entrance in the gable wall,
14 - Group I, subgroup Ib: view from the South
This subgroup consists of an oven and oven-house, a treading vat and a barn-cum-silkworm house set at an angle of 80°.
15 - Group I, subgroup Ib: view from the enclosed yard
In the foreground, the oven and oven-house; behind, the treading vat and the barn-cum-silkworm house.
16 - Ditto
The entrance opens into a vestibule which leads past the oven house into the treading vat.
17- Ditto: a view of the inside of the oven house and the mouth of the oven
The ovens and oven houses present on the site do not boast a corbelled vault, they exhibit, instead, a vault of voussoirs, either cupola-shaped with concentric voussoirs (in the ovens) or semi-circular (in the oven houses). For this type of vaulting, wooden centres are needed (which is not the case with a corbelled vault).
TO BE CONTINUED
To be referenced as :
"Les Cabanes" or "Les Savournins Bas" – alias "Le Village des Bories" – at Gordes, Vaucluse, Part 3
February 7th, 2004