Originally part of a 19th century bar de cheminee, these gilt bronze dogs have been repurposed into a pair of table lamps. Sometimes referred to as a “hearth fender”, a bar de cheminee was a decorative element placed in front of a fireplace that kept logs from rolling onto the floor. The dogs were connected by a long horizontal rod that has been removed, allowing the dogs form a lamp base (in some photos, holes can be seen on the side of the bases, which is where the connecting bar would have been).
The long-haired dogs sit on rectangular plinths with deep cavetto molding. Beneath each dog is a coat of arms emblazoned with a bend sinister separating a foliate charge over fluting and roundels. Both heraldic elements are surrounded by a foliate rinceau. Rectangular plinths with quarter round molding provide steady bases, despite the backless finish. The modern lampshades, which have a mottled pattern, are backless as well and attach to the neck via an inverted harp.
Wired for use in American homes, our pair of 19th century gilt bronze dog lamps are perfect for dog or animal lovers. They would make great additions to any office desk or fireplace mantel.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use including light discoloration from smoke and fire. Fleabites and minor buildup to dogs. Rewired for use in American homes. Please see photos for details.