A magnificent pair of Louis XV ormolu firedogs or chenets, one cast as a trophy of Turkish arms, comprising
an articulated turban with foliated cresting, resting on an anchor, a naval cannon and a boar's head mask and
pelt, with an entwined chimera; the other as a trophy of classical arms with articulated helmet and foliated
cresting, resting on a bombard and quiver and with a ram's head, pelt and chimera, both with bearded masked
men with finely chiselled flowing hair, the supports cast and chased with shells, foliage and scrolls.
These magnificent chenets symbolize warfare on land and sea, one modelled with "Turkish" arms, the other
moulded in the "classical" manner. Designed to hold logs, firedogs or chenets take their name from the French
word for a small dog. Pairs of firedogs were placed inside the fireplace, their gilt bronze decoration concealing
wrought-iron bars that supported the burning wood.
An identical pair by this unknown maker are in The J. Paul Getty Museum, purchased at Christie's in London,
24th June 1971, lot 18. (from the collection of Anna Thomson Dodge, previously with Duveen Brothers, New