This charming pair of columns carved in soft limestone is a 13th century production. The capitals are decorated with flat water leaves and hooks: typical decoration of the first Gothic. The tailloir (the upper part of the capital) is square in shape. At the base, the projecting tori surround the three columns.
In his Dictionnaire raisonné de l’architecture française, Viollet-le-Duc explains that around 1230, a change in the construction of the capitals of the first Gothic appeared: “A hook is placed under each of the angles of the tailloir; as many protruding angles, as many hooks, or, to say it better, supports; this was logical.” He also points out that the square-shaped carvings, which ultimately contributed nothing to the structure, were changed to circular carvings around 1235. Thanks to this we can date our pair to the first third of the 13th century. The decoration indicates a probably Norman realization: the water leaves and the hooks are common in this region rich in architecture.
Beautiful example of early Gothic architecture: massive in form but pure in line; these columns of great modernity will echo the most contemporary design.

Pair of Gothic Stone Columns – France – 13th Century

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