(Seine-et-Marne, France)
La Nativité
Surveyed: 1972-74, 1977, 1980-83, 1992-98, 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.
Tower base with capitals; vault boss seems later from hole in the centre.
Choir alternating in the bases, all tori seem together, possibly with a horizontal joint over plinths in 5,6,7; there are vertical joints in the walls to west of Wn3 and Wn7 and Ws7 while the levels of tori and capitals change throughout; aisle vaults n1-2.
Nave aisle caps n4-7 where work steps down to west of pier 3 with oculi in earlier campaigns, decision for triforiums made afterwards.
Choir clerestory, intended taller wall over windows, but vaults squashed down.
Nave south caps
Nave triforium 4-7, in two campaigns
Nave clerestory 4-7, tower II
Nave triforium, clerestory 8-9 and west wall; starts middle sixpart vault, the joint lies where rib template changes subtly.
Nave completes 4-6 vaults.
Chapel SE with entry into choir, and aisle vaults in western bays; upper stage of tower

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