From France, circa 1850, this pair of bronze dore fireplace chenets are in the style of Louis XVI, as noted by the presence of multiple pots a feu finials. Chenets have been used for centuries to prevent burning logs from spilling out of the fireplace.
The Neoclassical motifs seen on the chenets are also indicative of Louis XVI-style furnishings and accessories. For example, both pots a feu reside on two distinct columns, reminiscent of architecture seen in ancient Greece, Rome, or Egypt. The taller pot a feu (which also has the smaller stylized flame) consists of a classical krater urn adorned with several types of leaves and a lobed neck. A ring of egg and dart embellishes the foot, which sits on a fluted column also detailed with imbricated discs, swag, and husks. The shorter pot a feu has a large flickering flame, emerging from a kylix with gadrooning and small loop handles above a textured column enveloped by a leaf. A pierced horizontal bar with a medallion joins the two columns, with an iron leg in the back. The medallions are different, with one facing left with a fruit tiara, while the other profile faces right with flowers, however, both are surrounded by a crinkled ribbon bow and a laurel wreath. Today, most collectors utilize chenets as decorative accessories, although they could be repurposed into a unique pair of lamps.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with minor rubs, loss of gilding, and fleabites. One chenet has a slight bend to the leg, which does not affect the stability. Some oxidation to the iron legs, commensurate with age and exposure to fire.