(Loiret, France)
La Nativité
Surveyed: 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.
No details within tower base, but these capitals that were presumably over this pier in the earlier nave were raised into what is today the W6 clerestory.
Wall bases E1-2 laid out in three campaigns, and more for the compound pier to N2 and hollow octagons to S2; dado in the east.
Walls up to tower, piers N3-5 oct-round-oct and S3-4 round-oct
Bay 1-3 aisles
Bay 3-4 aisles and N6-w doorway.
Triforium E1-2, no clerestory
Triforium and clerestory 2-4.
Clerestory 4-6 and bay 5-6 built as a unit to west of tower, with the central door moved out.
Completion of western bay and its vaults and the remaining 1140s nave capitals moved to clerestory after west doors.

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