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Pair of Firedogs
Attributed to the fondeur Jean-Noël Turpin (French, master 1773)
Partial gift of Dr. Horace W. Brock in honor of Theodore Dell
Appropriate to their placement on a hearth, this pair of gilt-bronze firedogs feature a large arabesque scroll from which a child emerges with arms that reach out toward a flaming urn. The scroll and urn rest on an architectural base. The model may have been inspired by the designs of Jean-François Forty (active 1775-90), a Parisian ornament designer and decorative painter. Similar versions of this model were produced from the end of the eighteenth-century and into the early nineteenth century by different fondeurs (bronze casters). The most notable example is a pair made by Joseph-Noël Turpin that were delivered to the palace of Versailles in 1786 and remain there today.