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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Pair of fine bronze Griffon form andirons, on cast iron bases, 29 cm high approx

A pair brass andirons, 19th century, 59 cm high

A pair of bronze andirons, 19th century. 58 cm high, 26 cm wide.

Pair of French bronze and cast iron andirons, approx 38 cm long, 20 cm high (2)

Pair of antique French bronze mask head andirons, approx 40 cm long, 25 cm high (2)

Pair of antique French bust form andirons, 'Automne' each approx 20 cm high, 34 cm deep (2)

Pair of antique French urn form andirons, each approx 36 cm high, 43 cm long (2)

Pair antique French cast iron bust form andirons, approx 22 cm high, 38 cm long (2)

Most impressive antique French large gilt solid bronze andirons (2)

Pair of antique French andirons, approx 22 cm high, 38 cm long (2)

Pair of large antique French pierced bronze andirons, each of turned ball form with flame finials, approx 57 cm high, 59cm long (2)

A very impressive pair of gilt bronze andirons, featuring pegasus, lions and fleur-de-lys motifs, French, 19th century. 75 cm high

A pair of impressive George III steel and iron andirons, English, late 18th century.

Pair brass Andirons. Classical cast decoration. Height 35 cm (each)

Pair of antique French grey painted iron andirons with cross bar (2)

A large pair of forged andirons, probably Italian, 17th century. 94 cm high, 77 cm wide, 34 cm deep

Pair of French Brittany figural cast iron andirons, each approx 33 cm high, 42 cm long (2)