SMALL FOLIATE CAPITAL
Limestone with traces of red polychromy (H. 21 x W. 14 x D. 24 cm.)
France, Jumièges, Picardy ?, 13th century
This small decorative capital with its crisp polylobed leaves bears significant traces of red polychromy. Stylistically, the criss-crossed stems of the foliage arranged in a pleasing geometric pattern heralds features of Gothic Rayonnant architecture in the Ile-de-France. In good condition, the entablature is well-articulated with architectonic grooves.In fact, the stone comes from limestone quarries in the basin of the Seine or in Picardy that were not employed in Paris until the fourteenth century. Rather, this small, highly decorative capital in excellent condition probably comes from a building closer to Normandy.