Fleury-en-Bière
(Seine-et-Marne, France)
Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption
Surveyed: 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.
Apse with tower base that had two windows on south and no vault now enclosed by rectangular room from the 1200s;.all now demolished
Crossing aisle level with Wn1-w semi-drum, crossing capitals and arch that was pesumably part of a contemporary apse.
Crossing S1-w paired shafts (like Chivy), clear vertical joint
Aisle drums and piers, without aisle walls with buttresses W3 (bases not visible).
South wall, two capitals, vaults. W-s door
North aisle wall and groin vaults with oculi and entry into east with joint against WN1 pier.
Nave clerestory corbels, for groin vault.
Apse with drums piers to below window sill just above imposts; as there is no wear on outer side of the northern capitals there may have been an aisle here of some sort.
Arched openings in south nave aisle Ws3-4 aisles, after groin vaults.
Apse walls with circular windows on the south; the walls were meant for taller interior with pointed ribs; apse vaults after walls, lower than anticipated.


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