Learn about Fire Dogs / Andirons / Chenets

Fire dogs, the popular name for andirons and chenets, are metal supports for logs in the fireplace, usually with two feet at the front and one at the back. They hold the wood above the hearth level allowing the air to pass around it to facilitate burning. Until the beginning of the 15th century they were made of wrought iron, and after this date were made in cast iron or steel, often with decorative brass embellishments.
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A pair of Louis XVI style gilt bronze chenets and fender, 19th century, each well cast as an urn topped pedestal with ram's head lug handles entwined with a sinuous arching snake motif, the acanthus leaf embellished pillar with paterae and pendant husks sw

A pair of French bronze chenets, later 19th century, with Louis XV and Art Nouveau elements, the scrolled and low pillar form chenets each with fruit and floral filled urns entwined by a sinuous foliate arm terminating in a fruiting motif. Height 57 cm

A French brass fire fender, with chenets cast in the form of classical urns United by a pierced fender, 113 cm wide

Pair of bronze chenets with urn form finials, approx 40 cm high

A fine pair of French Louis XVI style chenets, cast iron with raised gilt decoration and flame finials

A rococo style gilt metal fire screen, fire tools and chenets the chenets 36 cm high (each)

A fine quality 19th century cast gilt bronze figural fire surround includes front fender and twin matching side chenets, the front fender 144 cm length

A 19th century Adams style fire crate and brass chenets, they are together with brass fire tools. 45 cm high, 79 cm wide. Purchased in London, 1960

A pair of 19th century French brass chenets, each with flamed finial of flared form with stylised acanthus decoration. 41 cm high

Pair of antique cast iron & bronze chenets in the form of seated grey hounds with collars and chains. 33 cm H, 37cm long.

A French brass fire fender, with vasiform chenets United by a pierced fender, 117 x 40 cm.

A French Louis XV style gilt brass fire fender foundry mark for Charles Casier, 19th century, the chenets and frieze pierced and cast with foliate decoration, each component stamped Ch Casier with interlaced C's and various numbers, 114 cm wide.

A French 19th century gilt brass adjustable fire fender, the centre with a cabochon flanked by pierced, C scroll and stylized acanthus decoration, the end chenets scrolled with acanthus decoration.27 cm high, 94 cm.

French 19th century Louis XV style brass adjustable fire fender, with a centre cabochon and gadrooning, the end chenets pierced with bulbous finials.107 wide.

A pair of gilt-bronze Louis XVI style chenets. 38 cm high, 33 cm wide

A pair of Louis XV style gilt-bronze chenets. 52 cm high

A pair of Louis XVI-style gilt metal chenets late, 19th century, each with a laurel swag-draped urn on a pedestal, lacking rear supports. Height 27 cm. Width 27 cm

A pair of 19th century French brass chenets, each with an urn, above a stepped pierced base.

A pair of French late 19th century, Louis XV style, gilt-bronze chenets, each with a seated cherub holding a floral garland, on a pierced Rocaille base. Width 28 cm. Depth 13 cm. Height 40 cm. (2)

A pair of French 18th century Louis XV gilt-bronze chenets, each with scrolling acanthus leaves issuing from a scrolling Rocaille base. Width 30 cm. Depth 52 cm. Height 27.5 cm. (2)

A pair of XXth century, Louis XVI style, gilt bronze chenets, each surmounted by a foliate urn, above a fluted column with ribbon-tied garland, flanked to the side by a scrolling foliate branch. Width 24 cm. Height 36 cm. (2)

A pair of 19th century French chenets with connecting rod, of urn shaped form with a finial, on paw feet