19th century bronze Maltese fire irons / chenets , modelled on "Ninette"
19th century bronze Maltese extendable fire irons / chenets. Each end mounted with seated ormolu bronze Maltese dogs, on plinths with Louis XV decoration of scrolled feet and neoclassical faces, the central one being a sphinx. One dog rests their paw on a ball. The dog sculptures are modelled on the dog "Ninette" for Pierre-Jacques-Onésyme Bergeret de Grandcourt at the end of the 18th century.
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