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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. IV. Pedestals. V. Capitals. VI. Frizes. VII. fascias. VIII. panels and Tablets. IX. Medallions. X. Pateras for Elevations from 30 to 40 Feet. XI. Ditto from 20 to 30 Feet. XII. Pateras for Elevations from 10 to 20 Feet. XIII. Ditto of 10 Feet and under. XIV. Coats of Arms. XV. Imposts. XVI. Key-Stones. XVII. Architraves. XVIII. Rustics. XIX. Pinnacles. XX. Balusters. XXI. Balls and Feet. XXII. Chimney Tops. XXIII. Piers. XXIV. Consoles. XXV. Sepulchral Ornaments. XXVI. Chimney-Pieces. XXVII. Pieces of Furniture and various ornaments. XXVIII. Ornaments to fix on Stone or Wood. XXIX. Wood Chimney-Pieces with Stone Ornaments. With an Appendix. -

RA Collection: Book

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London, Printed:: To be had at the Manufactory, and of J. Strahan, Bookseller, No. 67, Strand. -, M, DCC, LXXXIV. [Price One Shilling]

Physical Description

[2], 10, 15-31, [1] p.; 234 mm.

General Note

Although the sequence of page numbers is broken, the text is not.


[T.p.] - Advertisement - [Text].


ESTC, T31712
The use of Coade stone is surveyed in A. Kelly, Mrs. Coade's stone (1990).
N. Penny, The Materials Of Sculpture (1993), p.188-9.
T. Clifford, 'John Bacon [senior] and the manufacturers', in Apollo, 122 (1985), p.288-304.

Summary Note

The text lists 778 items, made of 'Coade stone' (a weather-resistant ceramic material) in Neoclassical style. (Most were designed by the sculptor, John Bacon, R.A., who worked for the firm from ca. 1771 to his death in 1799.)

Coade stone was very widely used, and examples may be seen not only in London and Britain (e.g. Buckingham Palace, Royal Naval Hospital, Greenwich) but also in Washington DC (Octagon), Rio de Janeiro (Zoo) and elsewhere.


The title-plate verso of the set of plates with which this Descriptive Catalogue is bound carries the bookplate of John Yenn, and its title plate is inscribed in pencil, 'John Yenn RA'.

Copy Note

The text is annotated in ink, usually indicating alterations to the descriptions of the items or their prices. The last note reads, 'Since the publication of this Catalogue above 200 articles have been added to the Manufactory and are continually increasing from New Designs -'.

Binding Note

19th-century half brown morocco, brown cloth-covered boards; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'Coade's Lithodipyra' and 'R.A.' Bound with 'Coade's Lithodipyra or Artificial-Stone Manufactory' (n.d.).

Name as Subject


Architecture details - Architectural elements - Molding material - Moldings (object components) - Building materials - Coade stone - Great Britain - History - 18th century - Neoclassical
Catalogues - Great Britain - 18th century


John Strahan, bookseller
John Yenn RA, previous owner?
Eleanor Coade, author?