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 antique 19th century French large size bronze andirons, each approx 45 cm high, 47 cm long (2)

Pair of antique French bronze and iron andirons, each 20 cm high, 38 cm long

A pair of neoclassical style brass Andirons with matching fender, 19th century, the andirons of conical form with black porcelain cup covers, brass waisted necks and bases, flared bracket handles with animal motifs and an extendable fender with Greek fret

Pair of white painted Brittany figural andirons, each approx. 34 cm long (2)

Pair of fine antique French andirons, approx. 30 cm high (2)

A solid brass figure of a mermaid and a pair of cast brass stylised dolphin fire andirons (2)

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

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

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 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)