With their graceful interlaced curves and counter-curves, their asymmetry and use of sea-themed motifs, these chenets (andirons or fire-dogs) are clearly Rococo in their style. The Rococo style first became fashionable in the early 18th Century in France, during the reign of Louis XV (1715-1774). For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as the Louis XV or Louis Quinze style.
The gilt bronze (ormolu) chenets are of matching design. Each chenet features a sculptural semi-nude putto figure with a human torso and a pair of fish tail legs. The putti wear seaweed and shells in their hair and across their bodies, and they hold seashells in their raised hands. The putti kneel on openwork bases which are composed of C and S scrolls.