Ver-sur-Launette
(Oise, France)
Saint-Denis
Surveyed: 1980-83, 2003, 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.
Set out the tower base and all four shaft have the same plan and diameters; the coursing shows the SW pier with its capitals built together with the staircase to tower plus walling to the west on the inside as part of the stairs; the projecting walling on the outside for most of the nave bay may also be the same period, or part of the C15 refacing; rib vault under the tower intended and vault cap placed higher than that under the entry arch a few courses of which may have been built at this time.
Continuation of tower base with vaults and chapel; on the west side of the nave entry the projecting corner between the shafts not continued into the capitals and in most cases the junctions between the capitals do not coincide with the projections between the shafts.
Lower wall of south aisle with rough-hewn stonework and rectangular pilasters, the Ws1-s window could be from this time.
Apse with crossing and 1 bay and with vertical joints into south up centre of piers, now plastered over; shafts in north side of piers built in preparation for chapel in north and these capitals have different imposts to rest; joint therefore probably around arches into chapels which is below sills; two eastern shafts by piscine set at 45, rest square.
At the level of the capitals all together for have same imposts, and the opening into roof space on north has Bronze corbels, slender doorway as in Chartres
Bases to W4 and WS3 together for larger shafts, began drum WS3; the aisle capitals carved with imposts, WN2-4aisles and WS4 together whil the profiles of the other two are different; there is a joint where the chamfered arcade arches offset over piers with space for aisle vaults.
Nave clerestory windows, at least in third bay; west clerestory capitals 1230s mode suggesting slow completion
South aisle and vault in 2 campaigns, break near vault spring; the south aisle vaulted with arcade piers on south side, but walls earlier with rectangular pilasters, and the capital in Ws4 corner is not like the others; from edges of ribs at each end this vault is after the arcade, but from setback in arcade with it was allowed for and intended for this vault kept the s side of the high vault secure
North arcade leans, strengthened with ties and if there were clerestory windows they were blocked to support the ties; north aisle at the same time as no distortion in n aisle vaults; S-s window replaced in C16.


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