Larchant
(Seine-et-Marne, France)
Saint-Mathurin
Surveyed: 1972-74, 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.
A quick job over perhaps a dozen years, starting with apse and eastern transept wall bases and windows, 10 courses that step down at doors.
16 courses probably to the lower window heads, capitals aisle windows with similar designs at all levels
West transept walls with pilasters footings and bases ; not too long after apse as the coursing is together in the clerestory zone
12 courses to next sills and the clerestory, looks like all these capitals are together from designs, profiles and plan; upper W-n portal for tower built with north wall.
East 15 courses to upper window caps and 12 courses to apex of vault.
North and south clerestory; east vault could have been completed in this or in the next decade; transept window heads just above.
Nave footings and bases from torus profiles, to window sills and capitals; lower 8 courses of porch, iconography very mixed, such as donors in tympanum etc, with the continuous arcade (from the caps) and the use of tori with scotias; nothing more until much later.
Nave clerestory, upper W-n portal for tower I and II, and porch built with north wall.
Upper north nave porch, tower I and II


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