Coade Stone for Grade 1 Listed Urns
With our specialist knowledge of historic materials, sourcing the correct material and method to conserve some Coade stone urns on a Grade 1 listed building made for an interesting project. Coade stone was invented in the late 18th C and widely used in the neo classical period for moulded statues, heads, and decorative work such as urns. The fact that so much of it is still in good condition today is a testament to the original method and the work of Elizabeth Coade who developed the artificial stone recipe and appropriate firing technique.
Coade stone is sometimes referred to as Lithodipyra or Lithodipra but is essentially the same thing.
RockSolid’s knowledge will allow the client to have the urns conserved using the same material and techniques as originally used in the 1870’s. previous restoration attempts had used a lime and stone fines mix to try and patch the urns up and of course this repair failed after a few years.