Crowther of Syon Lodge has acquired a rare 18th-century Coade stone chimneypiece that came from Broxton Old Hall in Cheshire, England. The piece features a baccanalian chorus with vine leaves and grapes on the entablature, and the full-length figures of nature goddesses Flora and Pomona grace the pilasters.
The company Coade, founded by Mrs. Eleanor Coade and her daughter in 1769, earned the patronage of eminent architects and even the king, George III. The firm’s success was based on the quality of its designs and the unique properties of Coade stone, which was less expensive than natural stone or marble and quite durable.
Few of the Coade chimneypieces are known to exist; the last known piece to come to market was auctioned by Christies in 1994. Of the extant chimneypieces that have been recorded, the Broxton antique closely resembles the one at The Octagon in Washington, D.C. Both chimneypieces have a bacchanalian scene set in an oval, a design detail that appears to be unique to only those two pieces.