Beautiful pair of chased bronze, gilt and silver plated "dragon" andirons.
Representing fantastic animals with open mouths, wings spread, perched on a sphere, all on a base with three acanthus leaves resting on trilobal bases.
The irons are missing.
Victor Paillard (1805 - 1886), circa 1860.
Victor Paillard designed and made various bronze decorative and functional objects including lighting and clocks. He also cast bronzes for some of the most important sculptors of the day, including Barye, Carrier-Belleuse and Pradier. He opened his first workshop in the 1830's in Paris, and by the 1850's was employing around 100 people. His success at numerous international exhibitions, including the 1851 Great Exhibition, further enhanced his reputation.