(Seine-et-Marne, France)
La Nativité
Surveyed: 1972-74, 1977, 1980-83, 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.
Tower base and level 1 to internal string. This included the base to the south chapel, as the rest was removed with the earlier church.
Complex construction sequence in the choir, and presume from the complexity that there were elements of the original church in the way that delayed the bases for the walls and piers; at least five campaigns from the lower courses.
Aisle capitals, arches and vaults
Gallery and possibly apse window capitals and arches that may have been one campaign from gallery to clerestory walkway.
Clerestory walkway and the rose window, capitals and start of vaults where the imposts and capitals suggest four campaigns around these bays; there are connections to St-Germer-de-Fly and the tall clerestory of Soissons cathedral.
Nave aisles in a large number of campaigns; there are five different designs for the plinths of piers and walls, and in the west built the foundations and lower courses for west front, hidden as the present road has been built up, originally not as high, probably with steps at north end.
West wall and portal sculpture.
Nave triforium and eastern clerestory working from east to west.
Complete nave clerestory and high vaults.

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