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A Pair of 19th century French Chenets (Andirons).

A Highly Unusual and Unique Pair of 19th c. Brass and Iron Crowing Rooster (“Coqs Saluaient”) Brass and Iron Andirons, also called firedogs, andiers, and chenets.

Most cultures embrace the Rooster as a solar symbol, and a sign of illumination, with the exception of the Nordic and Celtic cultures. Celtic and Norse lore describe the Rooster as a creature of the Underworld. Specifically, the cock served as a messenger of the Underworld, screeching out warnings in danger, and calling out for the souls of the fallen in battle. In Christianity the Rooster is noted for crowing three times after Peter denied Christ. As such, it became a symbol for Christ’s passion. Later, the Rooster would signify the repentance of the saint and religious vigilance as well as resurrection. To this day the Rooster seen on a weathervane is steeped in symbolic meanings that deal with watchful vigilance against evil, as weathervanes are commonly seen atop churches.

Height: 26 1/2″; Width: 9″; Depth: 23 1/2  Materials/Techniques: Brass and iron

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