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Pair of firedogs

Date:
ca. 1750
Culture:
French
Medium:
Gilt bronze
Dimensions:
(1972.284.8): 18 1/8 × 17 3/4 × 9 7/8 in. (46 × 45.1 × 25.1 cm); (1972.284.9): 17 1/8 in. × 20 in. × 9 1/2 in. (43.5 × 50.8 × 24.1 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gilt Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.284.8, .9
Not on view
The model of these chenets in the chinoiserie style, incorporating a Chinese couple and parrots, was apparently very popular as many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century versions are known. Lazare Duvaux (ca. 1703–1758), a Parisian marchand mercier who dealt in luxury objects such as gilt-bronze furnishings, sold a pair of andirons with Chinese figures to the marquise de la Ferrière in August 1756–perhaps a set of this design.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (until 1972; to MMA)
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