In two earlier posts we have seen the rise and triumph of Eleanor Coade’s artificial stone business. [Catch up on them at: http://wp.me/p4brf0-vR6 & http://wp.me/p4brf0-vR8 ] Eleanor was a successful entrepreneur dominating the market in architectural decoration and garden ornaments in later Georgian England. This was partly thanks to her own skills and partly thanks to the talent of her chief designer, John Bacon. After Bacon died in 1799 Eleanor chose a new business partner – her cousin John Sealy and the business was renamed Coade and Sealy. But was it to continue on an upward curve?
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