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 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
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 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
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
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