Dormans
(Marne, France)
Saint-Hippolyte
Surveyed: 1977, 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.
Crossing with geometric imposts like Barzy and entry arcade has Bonnesvalyn capital; the nave is more or less contemporary, and west block, but nothing to date them; the nave pierswere inserted later and do not coincide with earlier clerestory windows.
East begun in many campaigns; the bases suggest intended a barrel vault, perhaps to match earlier work, followed by plain dado, sills and lower arches
East chapel vaults
East clerestory
Some vaults, stairs, large tracery windows inserted; heavily restored choir.


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