Cucharmoy
(Seine-et-Marne, France)
Sainte-Geneviève
Surveyed: 1980-83, 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.
West crossing arch, only piers remain. Later wall north aisle with two recesses.
Middle north bay W1 shafts and pointed arch.
WN1 arch added over shaft to drum on WN2. Drum itself is not dateable.
East two bays with octagonal caps, double windows and vaults with peaked arches; shafts were added over north wall with extension of one bay to the east, with capitals of simple forms in a very hard stone, could be 1180s to 1220s, and since there are octagonal forms I suggest after 1210; the squashed bases also suggest the later date; the aisle vaults heavier than those in the apse.


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