Chartres
(Eure-et-Loir, France)
Saint-Pierre
Surveyed: 1969, 1972-74, 1977, 1980-83, 2003, 2015
This is an experimental section where John James is attempting to identify the carvers though the use of common templates and/or a recognisable manners of carving. Such a large-scale analysis of all the capitals in these buildings has not been attempted before. As an ongoing enterprise that is still in its infancy, we seek your input. John believes this has the potential to increase our understanding of how they worked and to provide a more solid basis for dating than we have had.
Ambulatory aisles, north and south chapels, presumably older one to east; set out like Gallardon with capitals for lower arch across ambulatory.
Southern apsidal chapel with 45 rib shafts, vault caps for ribs not inserted. Vault to apse with vvv cathedral decoration
South 1-3 chapel, delicate; opened further and vaulted C15
South 3-5 chapel and west end finished with south aisle
Northern apsidal chapel string and vault with corbels like cathedral of 1190s but could be earlier
Nave aisles on north n6-12 and north door
Nave aisles on south s6-14, intended to demolish west tower.
Nave clerestory
Openings into three eastern chapels widened and raised, possibly with wider windows, clearest in axial chapel, and with rib vault on 45 cap waiting for it, but possibly no ribs.


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