Style romanticism / Ref.12829
Important pair of wrought iron andirons adorned with bronze dragon, early 20th century
Width: 17'' ⅜ 44cm
Height: 31'' ⅞ 81cm
Depth: 20'' ⅛ 51cm
Early 20th century.
Wrought iron and bronze work, our original pair of andirons was made in the early 20th century. Not signed, the artist is unfortunately not known, nevertheless it could be an Italian fabrication.
Our andirons of which the feet are adorned with four scrolls depicts a very beautiful dragon with its body marked with many scales and rolled over the mount. Their threatening heads are looking at each other, the mouth open. It seems, from a similar model, that there were in the origin small putti being eaten up by the monsters.
The artist brought a particular attention to the richness of the details by chiseling the entire body with scales and bringing a terrifying expression to the faces. This dragon decoration takes its inspiration from the Japanese aesthetics. In the Japanese culture, the dragon embodies the strength, the power and the non predictable character of the nature, which, as it, can be dangerous for the ordinary mortal. Nevertheless, it stays before all, a good sign and is generally benevolent by bringing happiness, richness and success. It symbolizes also the wisdom, the perseverance and immortality in the Japanese spirit.
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