These classical figures were originally created by Coade & Sealy in 1812 and famously used to adorn the Bank of England as well as Soane’s own house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Caryatid is the Maiden of Karyai, a town in Ancient Greece.
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|height||1806 mm||71 1/8”|
|weight||446 kg||982 lb|
|maximum base width||460 mm||18 1/8”|
This would have been one of the last designs created during John Sealy’s lifetime as he died in 1813. A pair of these female figures stand on top of the projecting stone façade of Soane’s house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Soane used identical caryatids in a number of projects, notably at his Bank of England and at Pitzhanger Manor, his country house in Ealing. The original Coade caryatid design was based on ancient Greek sculptures at the Erechtheion temple on the Acropolis in Athens, where the caryatids support an entablature. Coade modified the design to create a magnificent free-standing figure.
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