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)

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

Pair of antique French pierced C scroll polished bronze fire dogs, each approx 30 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)

A pair of 19th century Adams style brass fire dogs. 48 cm high

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

Victorian ornate brass fire tool set with brass fire dogs

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

Pair of Arts & Crafts hand beaten & plenished copper fire dogs, approx 28 cm high, 15 cm wide, 19 cm deep

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 Louis XV style gryphon gilt mounted fire dogs, late 19th/20th century, 32 cm high

A pair of George III style marble and gilt metal urn mounted fire dogs, together with a matching fire surround grill, 42 cm high

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

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

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

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