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.
A pair of rococo style brass chenets and fender, 19th century, the cast chenets of florid pierced vegetal form with acanthus motifs and scroll work on shaped bases, with a conforming pierced and cast fender. Height 42.5 cm. (fire dog) length 66 cm. (fender
An antique brass fire surround, 19th century. a pierced border fender and a matching pair of well cast side chenets with lion's head masks, cascading vegetal and bursting fruit forms to a lobed base. Length 111 cm. (fender) height 55 cm. (fire dogs)
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 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.
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)
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