(Essonne, France)
La Nativité
Surveyed: 1972-74, 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.
If there is any verisimilitude between the replaced capitals and the old one I would place the groin-vaulted aisles and the east to around 1070
Similarly I would place the clerestory to 1120 and the ribs later again.
Tower base WN7a bit later with the west door and just above.
WS6-7 piers, W-w portal, possibly no higher than the canopies.
W4-7 triforium and cerestory with six-part vault.
Completion of west and portal C15.

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