Seraincourt
(Val-d'Oise, France)
Saint-Sulpice
Surveyed: 1980-83, 2003, 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.
East and crossing, floor is today 1 course below; side walls have double windows; used to be continuous drip on outside and skirt on inside, as can be seen in the south wall; the buttress around stairs shows a setback at about 14 courses above the plinth, suggesting a possible and reasonable joint, needing possibly 5 years for the whole construction, though most disguised in rebuilding.
24 courses to capitals and the original roof line visible on external east wall; though the stairs have been rebuilt still original at top.
Tower plain caps, no d├ęcor, and one cap on east same as aisle, so could be just after. The crossing; tower is 18 courses from plinth to impost, almost as tall as the crossing itself.
North with opening cut through apse wall, and the corbels, caps and ribs in both parts the same, though east higher than west; all buttress drips the same, and window drip with curl on end; included the opening into apse just 1 bay wide, between E1 and E2 shaft.
Opening into apse widened.


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