Coulonges-Cohan
(Aisne, France)
Saints-Rufin-et-Valère
Surveyed: 1980-83, 1992-98, 2014
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.
Crossing piers with buttresses to outside; project 92cm on south but had to be cut back on the north by 30cm to get the same width opening; details confusing, and sizes suggest could have been built in two stages; seem to be marks left by the wall of the earlier apse in centre of these piers;
Crossing n-n wall with dado
Crossing s-s wall, no dado; seems built with crossing by the time the tower got to height of west arch;
Clerestory string and caps, and pointed barrel vault and external buttresses to each side; apse was demolished when choir built;
Tower I with no openings;
Nave bases all round to 2 courses above door entry which is 1 course below capitals; bases now buried 2 courses below present floor; w-w door begun; pilaster piers a little like Cohan; windows built with walls, 770 wide; complex arches over entry into crossing aisles; the north was generally ahead of the south from arch keystones;
Nave capitals including west door, arches and vaults begun and window arches;
Rest of walls, cornice, aisle vaults; probably string course and start clerestory windows;
Nave clerestory capitals, window sills, and start to vaults; includes caps added to w1 on west side;
Flyers and enlarged buttresses to nave; choir rebuilt


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