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COADE'S ARTIFICIAL STONE MANUFACTORY, King's Arms Stairs, Narrow-Wall, Lambeth.
A descriptive catalogue of Coade's Artificial Stone Manufactory, at King's Arms Stairs, Narrow-Wall, Lambeth: opposite White-hall Stairs. With prices affixed. Consisting of, I. Statues. II. Busts. III. Vases. ... XXIX. Wood chimney-pieces with stone ornaments. With an appendix.
London: to be had at the Manufactory, and of J. Strahan, bookseller, 1784.
[2], 10, 15--31, [1] p. ; 23.5 cm. (4°)

At foot of imprint: Price one shilling. Register jumps from sig. C to sig. E; pagination likewise from p. 10 to p. 15, but text is continuous. Eleanor Coade set up in business manufacturing artificial stone in 1769, working with all the eminent Georgian architects including Soane, who used a frieze described as 'no. 186' in one of his earliest dated buildings, a house at Adam's Place, Southwark in 1780--82. By the 1780s there was a sufficient variety of designs that a letterpress catalogue was issued, containing 778 different items including vases, chimney-pieces, capitals, string-courses, friezes, plaques, medallions, decorative motifs and figures. Etched plates of Coade designs variously dated 1777 to 1779 were also evidently produced and eventually assembled into suites, copies of which, variously put together, survive in the Soane Museum (proof copy, q.v.), British Library, Royal Academy of Arts, and National Art Library. Soane continued to use Coade stone, and later the scagliola produced by the factory after Mrs Coade's death under the management of William Croggon, throughout his career as an architect, including the two caryatids on the façade of his house at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields. See Alison Kelly, 'Sir John Soane and Mrs Eleanor Coade: a long-lasting business relationship', Apollo, April 1989, pp. 247-253; Alison Kelly, 'Coade stone in Georgian architecture', Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain 28 (1985), pp. 71--95; Alison Kelly, Mrs Coade's stone (Upton-upon-Severn, Worcs, 1990); Peter Thornton and Helen Dorey, A miscellany of objects from Sir John Soane's Museum (London 1992), p. 121. ESTC t31712; Harris and Savage, 137.

Copy Notes Copy 1: This copy is bound with a frontispiece printed in bistre and wrapped around the separately stitched pamphlet, reading 'Coade's, Lithodipyra or Artificial-Stone Manufactory For all kind of Statues, Capitals, Vases, Tombs, Coats of Arms, & Architectural ornaments &c, &c; particularly expressed in Catalogues, & Books of Prints of 800 Articles & upwards; Sold at ye Manufactory near Kings Arms Stairs, Narrow Wall, Lambeth, opposite Whitehall Stairs, & at Mr. Strahan's, Bookseller, No. 67 Strand, London.', engraved by P. Wray after C.R. Ryley. This plate also served as a trade-card and as a title-plate to collections of etchings of Coade designs (see copy at the Royal Academy of Arts and two copies at the Yale Center from British Art), and this copy of the Descriptive catalogue, now separately bound, may previously have been bound with the etchings (q.v.). As in the Royal Academy of Arts copy, some prices and descriptions of articles are corrected in ink. Inscribed in ink on p. 31 Since publishing this Catalogue 200 articles & upwards/ have been added to the Manufactory.
Copy 2: Bound in a collection of sale catalogues, 1784 to 1823.

Binding Copy 1: Recently rebound in C20th marbled-paper wrappers.
Copy 2: Recent half goatskin, binder's cloth boards.

Reference Number 1958


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