The Soane and Haddonstone at Chelsea

This year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show will see the launch of an exciting new partnership between the Museum and Haddonstone, the UK’s leading manufacturer of fine garden ornaments and architectural stonework. Ahead of the launch, Haddonstone's Marketing Director Simon Scott previews the brand new Sir John Soane's Museum Collection and discusses how the build up to Chelsea is progressing. 


The focal point of the gardening year is undoubtedly the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show, held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 20-24 May. And, this year, one of the highlights of the show will be our launch of a collection of designs replicated from originals here at the Museum. Those lucky enough to have tickets to Chelsea should make a beeline to the Haddonstone exhibit at SR37 to see these fabulous designs close up – they are very impressive!

The Haddonstone team is proud to be widely considered the UK’s leading manufacturer of fine garden ornaments and architectural stonework, and we are often referred to as the modern successor to the renowned Soane manufactory of the late eighteenth century. Consequently, we are delighted that the Soane considered us the obvious choice to create a selection of replica designs, particularly as two of the designs were originally by the famous Coade & Sealy company.


A side on view of a colossal bust based on the full length figure of the famous Farnese Hercules
A colossal bust based on the full length figure of the famous Farnese Hercules (Photo: Haddonstone)


Under the licencing agreement, the Museum will benefit financially from every sale made from the exquisite Sir John Soane’s Museum Collection. This is both a unique opportunity to acquire a design from the Museum’s historic collection for your own home or garden as well as a rare chance to see some of the designs close up.

Since being founded in 1971, we have built up a wealth of experience in producing faithful replicas of famous designs. All designs are hand made by the company’s own craftsmen in Northamptonshire and our relationship with the Sir John Soane’s Museum extends back to 1999 when we sponsored the Visions of Ruin exhibition.  

If you are lucky enough to be at the Chelsea Flower Show this year, then these are some of the wonderful replicas you will be able to see up close;

Soane Caryatid

The most notable design being replicated by Haddonstone is the wonderful Soane Caryatid, originally created by the famous Coade & Sealy company in 1812.  A pair of these female figures stand on top of the projecting stone façade of Soane’s house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields.  The original Coade design was based on ancient Greek sculptures at the Erechtheion temple at the Acropolis in Athens.


Image of the Soane Caryatid replica, taken from the original which stands on the Museum's façade
The Soane Caryatid replica, taken from the original which stands on the Museum's façade (Photo: Haddonstone)


Soane Hercules

A colossal bust based on the full length figure of the famous Farnese Hercules in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples.  Previously displayed at the Palazzo Farnese in Rome, the design is believed to be a copy made in the early third century AD from a fourth century BC original by Lysippos.

Soane Mouth of Truth Mask

This large mask is similar to the Bocca della Verità in Rome and dates from the Roman Hadrainic period or later. An intriguing design that would be equally at home in a contemporary or classical setting. The Royal Horticultural Society has made this design a Garden Product of the Year finalist – a remarkable achievement for a design that is almost 2000 years old!

Soane River God Mask

The Soane Museum original is a design created by the famous Coade manufactory and dates from c1775.  Can be used as an architectural feature or simply as an intriguing interior decoration or in a landscape.


Photo of the Soane River God Mask replica
The Soane River God Mask replica (Photo: Haddonstone)


Soane Corybantes Plaque

Corybantes were armed dancers who worshipped the Phrygian goddess Cybele.  Soane owned two casts taken from a celebrated original Roman relief at the Vatican Museum.  

Soane Dancing Girl & Faun Plaque

A charming plaque with a relief depicting a dancing girl and faun.

Soane Term

The Soane Term incorporates a human head with a sunflower motif and a sculptured drop of flowers and fruit reminiscent of the style of Grinling Gibbons.

We are so pleased that Haddonstone and the Soane are continuing their relationship. The Museum contains so many iconic and historical pieces and it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to add some of these famous designs into our own extensive standard collection of designs - whilst giving admirers of the Museum the chance to have a piece of its historic collection in their own home, garden or landscape.  We have been battling the elements to create an appropriate backdrop for the designs for their launch at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show. We hope that those who are lucky enough to see the display will enjoy the results. See you at the show!


Photograph of the Haddonstone/Soane exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show being set up
Photograph of the Haddonstone/Soane exhibit being set up, ahead of the Chelsea Flower Show opening (Photo: Haddonstone)


For more information about Haddonstone and the Sir John Soane's Museum Collection, visit Haddonstone at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (20-24 May 2014) in Southern Row (SR37), go online at or call 01604 770711. The designs will also be available via the company’s US subsidiary located in both New Jersey and Colorado.

Posted on 16 May 2014 in Art and Antiquities
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