This pair of antique silvered bronze andirons has highly detailed repousse of floral and foliate motifs. The ornamentation from the top down is a series of waisted lobed forms growing increasing larger as they go down to the center. At the center, a repousse band of varying masks and busts rests between two stylized lobed and foliate cups. Beneath this is an indented spherical form which rests upon a square base with crossed ribbons and laurel leaves surrounding the top. The tripod base has volutes to either side of a cartouche. Beneath the volutes are stylized dolphins for the feet . Acanthus leaf c-scrolls surround an oval center shield. Crinkled ribbons uphold a laurel leaf wreath that surrounds the shield.This magnificent pair of antique French silvered bronze andirons will be a wonderful addition to any hearth.
CONDITION: Remnants of old silver polish throughout; minor rubs and scratching to surfaces; small hole to surface.