An elegant pair of antique French cast iron andirons dating from the early 20th century. They feature portrait busts of the traditional Marianne figure, symbol of the French Republic. Marianne is portrayed wearing a Phrygian cap symbolising Liberty. The andirons have been finely cast from iron metal and feature long triangular supports. The woman heads firedogs have decorative flower patterns on the front. The interior of each andiron is hollow.
Marianne has been the national personification of the French Republic since the French Revolution, as a personification of liberty, equality, fraternity and reason, as well as a portrayal of the Goddess of Liberty. Marianne is displayed in many places in France and holds a place of honour in town halls and law courts. Marianne, one of the most prominent symbols of the French Republic, is officially used on most government documents. Marianne is a significant republican symbol. As a national icon Marianne represents opposition to monarchy and the championship of freedom and democracy against all forms of oppression. Other national symbols of Republican France include the tricolor flag, the national motto Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, the national anthem "La Marseillaise", the coat of arms, and the official Great Seal of France. Marianne also wore a Cockade and a red Phrygian cap symbolising Liberty.
7" High x 12" Long x 3" Wide
(18 cm x 30 cm x 8 cm).
The antique figural andirons are in very good condition with age appropriate wear including patina and surface marks to the metal.
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Item ref: Cast Iron French Marianne Bust Andirons, Antique Woman Head Firedogs
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