About Coade

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At COADE our team of highly skilled craftsmen recreate classical sculpture, contemporary pieces and private commissions in Coade stone. Created from stoneware using a secret recipe and then fired at a very high heat, Coade stone makes it possible to produce sculpture with the finest detail that is also incredibly durable and has the appearance of stone.

First developed in the 18th Century by Eleanor Coade, a highly successful businesswoman of her time, she was employed by every eminent architect of her day. Her work can be found in all parts of the British Isles and has been exported around the world. Because Coade stone is remarkably resistant to the harshest weather, most of her pieces are in as good condition now as when they were first made over two hundred years ago.

When Stephen Pettifer first came across Coade stone, he realised it was surprisingly no longer being used as a sculptural medium and found that the method had been lost over time.  He set out to develop and perfect the recipe and techniques of producing Coade stone to exactly the same standard as was originally used in the mid 1700’s.  Coade stone lends itself to a myriad of different sculptural possibilities and whatever is possible in bronze is also achievable in Coade.

Whether it be a monumental figure of Triton, able to withstand the harshest of winters encased in ice or a hart’s tongue fern fountain with an 11ft span; from portraiture to the finest classical ornament, the sculptors at COADE can produce it.

Whilst Coade stone is the material that COADE specialises in, we also produce works in bronze, lead, stone, plaster, resin and terracotta.  View our brochure.