Circa 1890 French Cast Iron Bar de Cheminee with Rampant Guardant Lions

$1,300.00

Circa 1890 French Cast Iron Bar de Cheminee with Rampant Guardant Lions

$1,300.00

Description

This stately black “bar de cheminee”, made well over 100 years ago, was designed to stand in front of a fireplace. When iron ore is melted in a blast furnace with the impurities removed, the resulting metal is called cast iron (or pig iron). This bar de cheminee with rampant guardant lion terminals was made from cast iron in France, circa 1890.

Rampant guardant is a term associated with heraldic lions where the lion is standing erect with its forepaws raised and the head turned towards the viewer. Both lions are leaning against pierced foliate scrolls which have great movement and life. Running behind the lions and low to the ground is a molded bar with small gadrooned embellishments on the top edge. Beneath the lobes are several oval openings, leading towards a central winged cherub mascaron.

Sometimes referred to as a fender, chimney bars were designed to decorate the front of the fireplace, preventing logs from rolling out onto the floor. The bar is meant to be adjustable to accommodate firebox openings of various sizes (see detailed photos of the back for turn bolts). Our charming and well-detailed bar de cheminée is particularly unique in its design with the rampant guardant lions at either end.

CONDITION: Good antique condition with a missing turn bolt on the back of the right lion. There are some loose, but secure elements, such as the cherub and one of the lion’s heads. The chimney bar has been professionally restored with light traces of weld marks on the back side. We applied a coat of clear wax to the firebar, which accentuated the patina.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

France

Age

Circa 1890

Dimensions

H - 13 1/2, W - 40 1/4, D - 7

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Description

This stately black “bar de cheminee”, made well over 100 years ago, was designed to stand in front of a fireplace. When iron ore is melted in a blast furnace with the impurities removed, the resulting metal is called cast iron (or pig iron). This bar de cheminee with rampant guardant lion terminals was made from cast iron in France, circa 1890.

Rampant guardant is a term associated with heraldic lions where the lion is standing erect with its forepaws raised and the head turned towards the viewer. Both lions are leaning against pierced foliate scrolls which have great movement and life. Running behind the lions and low to the ground is a molded bar with small gadrooned embellishments on the top edge. Beneath the lobes are several oval openings, leading towards a central winged cherub mascaron.

Sometimes referred to as a fender, chimney bars were designed to decorate the front of the fireplace, preventing logs from rolling out onto the floor. The bar is meant to be adjustable to accommodate firebox openings of various sizes (see detailed photos of the back for turn bolts). Our charming and well-detailed bar de cheminée is particularly unique in its design with the rampant guardant lions at either end.

CONDITION: Good antique condition with a missing turn bolt on the back of the right lion. There are some loose, but secure elements, such as the cherub and one of the lion’s heads. The chimney bar has been professionally restored with light traces of weld marks on the back side. We applied a coat of clear wax to the firebar, which accentuated the patina.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

France

Age

Circa 1890

Dimensions

H - 13 1/2, W - 40 1/4, D - 7

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