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Pair of Antique French Louis XVI Style Bronze Doré Chenets (firedog or andiron) France circa 1890

A pair of antique French Louis XVI style aged bronze doré chenets (in English firedog or andiron) from Belle Epoque period France circa 1890 featuring entwined serpents set within an architectural base. These gilded bronze fire place accessories are a unique combination of the rigour of Louis XVI style with the sensuous line of a coiled and writhing serpent. The form of the chenet base is of a balustrade adorned with both large and small neoclassical urns. The symmetry of the staircase balustrade is emphasized with the inner border being smaller and topped with the smaller urn while the larger and outside section is a rounded plinth form topped with large urns adorned with swags that sweep across the facade to join up with swags that drape across the top of the balustrade. All of the urns have a neoclassical form with a fluted body topped with a flame finial. The addition of a serpent climbing upward from each of the larger urns introduces an unexpected and strangely intriguing aspect to these chenets and indicates a private commission as opposed to a regular production run of this essential product for fireplaces. Although many people harbour an unnatural aversion to serpents, in the realms of religion, mythology, and literature, serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. Because of their classical origins any well educated person was aware of this aspect and would find the allusion represented by the form of a serpent to be a positive aspect. These chenets, while not for everybody, will add an unmistakeable flair in front of any fireplace.

# EEJ47

DIMENSIONS

14.00" w x 4.00" d x 23.00" h

35.56cm w x 10.16cm d x 58.42cm h

Sale Price $2,074.80 Regular Price $2,964.00

A pair of Louis XVI style aged bronze dore chenets (in English firedog or andiron) from Belle Epoque period France c.1890 featuring entwined serpents set within an architectural base. These unique fire place accessories are a unuque combination of the rigour of Louis XVI style with the sensuous line of a coiled and writhing serpent. The form of the chenet base is of a balustrade adorned with both large and small neoclassical urns. The symmetry of the staircase balustrade is emphasized with the inner border being smaller and topped with the smaller urn while the larger and outside section is a rounded plinth form topped with large urns adorned with swags that sweep across the facade to join up with swags that drape across the top of the balustrade. All of the urns have a neoclassical form with a fluted body topped with a flame finial. The addition of a serpent climbing upward from each of the larger urns introduces an unexpected and strangely intriguing aspect to these chenets and indicates a private commission as opposed to a regular production run of this essential product for fireplaces. Although many people harbour an unnatural aversion to serpents, in the realms of religion, mythology, and literature, serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. Because of their classical origins any well educated person was aware of this aspect and would find the allusion represented by the form of a serpent to be a positive aspect. These chenets, while not for everybody, will add an unmistakeable flair in front of any fireplace.