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Pair of Firedogs
1690 - 1715
Designed to hold logs, firedogs or chenetstake their name from the French word for a small dog. Pairs of firedogs were placed inside the fireplace, with their gilt bronze decoration often concealing wrought iron bars that supported the burning wood. These firedogs are unusual as they were not fixed to any metal bars but instead stand before the fire as separate elements of pure decoration. Together with gilt bronze wall lights attached to a mirror frame and a gilt bronze clock on the mantelpiece, the firedogs would have created a glittering display that was the focal point in any elegant salon.
These firedogs support four children posed with attributes of the four elements: the sun for Fire, a
Wilson, Gillian, et al. French Furniture and Gilt Bronzes: Baroque and Régence, Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008) pp. 360-67, no. 44.