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 ornate large cast iron brass andirons, double graduated urn form finial tops with pineapple, floral, mask and dolphin detail above the main brackets with cherub mask and figures, floral swags and dolphin head feet, plain steel brackets behind. He
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