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Mid-Century Modern Andirons

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Modernist Andirons, Brass and Iron, Donald Deskey for Bennett
Located in Buffalo, NY
Elegant, simple, classic, Modernist aNDIRONS designed by Donald Deskey manufactured by Bennett, Wonderful original condition, Stamped BENNETT.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Iron

Pair of Custom Mid-Century Modernist Style Polished Brass Rectangular Andirons
Located in New York, NY
This ultra chic pair of custom andirons feature a minimalistic vertical rectangular front panel displayed in polished brass. They are fully customizable in terms of the dimensions an...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Iron

Pair of Abstract Andirons in Enameled Steel, USA 1960's
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Abstract andirons in enameled steel.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Steel

Donald Deskey Style Andirons, Brass Buckles and Wrought Iron
Located in New York, NY
Donald Deskey style andirons, brass buckles and wrought iron. Handsome pair of modernist andirons with square brass buckle fronts, semicircle bases and wrought iron shanks.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Pair of Andirons, Brass and Iron, in the Style of Donald Deskey
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pair of vintage andirons in brass plated steel and iron in the style of Donald Deskey. Very good condition and ready to use. We can pack and ship these in the Continental US arriving...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Steel, Iron

Pair of Brass Andirons, Italy, circa 1950
Located in New York, NY
These weighty brass andirons are beautifully proportioned and show a warm patina. A graceful arch provides the base for a nicely tapered stem which terminates in a ball finial. Their...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Iron

Italian 1950s Fireplace Andirons in Brass and Iron
Located in Milan, IT
Italian 1950s fireplace andirons in brass and iron. Attributed to Melchiorre Bega. Never used.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Iron

Donald Deskey Andirons, Brass, Signed Bennett
Located in New York, NY
Donald Deskey andirons, brass, signed Bennett. The brass has a warm, bright patina. The blackened wrought iron shanks are signed Bennett and have raised manufacturer's marks.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Mid-Century Fireplace Grate, circa 1950, France
Located in Brussels, BE
Elegant mid-century fireplace grate, circa 1950, France. Wrought-iron bars finished with decorative brass balls. Dimensions: 45 cm W, 33 cm D, 27 cm H. All purchases are covered b...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Pair of Polished Brass Andirons, circa 1970, France
Located in Brussels, BE
Nice modernist mid-century sculptural pair of andirons, circa 1970, France. Polished brass, wrought iron. Dimensions: 30 cm H, 39 cm D, 14 cm W. All purchases are covered by our Buye...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Pair of French Midcentury Brass & Iron Fireplace Andirons
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
These sculptural brass and wrought iron fire dogs were designed and manufactured in France in the 1950s to 1960s. The brass rings have been polished and the iron elements were restor...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Large Mid Century Wrought Iron Log Holder
Located in New York, NY
Nice big wrought iron log holder of solid stock wrought iron. This example is structurally sound and sturdy, it shows minor cosmetic wear and signs of use, notably slight bends to th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Wrought Iron

Machine Age Polished Chrome and Wrought Iron Andirons, 1950s
Located in Atlanta, GA
Striking 1950s French modernist polished chrome and wrought iron andirons. Sleek in its finish and dynamic in its design, the shape of these andirons is a reference to the industrial...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Metal, Chrome, Wrought Iron

Unusual Octagonal Mid Century Log Holder in Wrought Iron ca. 1950's
Located in New York, NY
Unusual octagonal form, nice usable scale, good clean, ready to use condition, recently repainted black. Most MCM log holders are circular in form, this model is not often seen on th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Wrought Iron

H-Form Cast Iron Andirons and Fire Log Basket by William H. Jackson Co.
Located in Hingham, MA
This is an original set of cast iron H-form andirons or chenets labelled Wm. H. Jackson Co. together with the original cast iron fire log basket. Late 1940s-early 1950s minimalist mo...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Wrought Iron

Mid Century Wrought Iron Fireplace Insert Grate Log Basket
Located in New York, NY
Nice heavy gauge mid century fireplace insert log grate. This example is in very good, original condition, showing only expected cosmetic wear associated with use. Constructed of sol...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Virginia Metalcrafters Nickel Plated Andirons
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of modernist fireplace andirons designed by Bennington Bronze and Nancy Ruben, made by Virginia Metalcrafters, c. 1985-1986. The minimal curved front design is made of solid c...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Chrome, Iron

Large Mid Century Wrought Iron Log Holder
Located in New York, NY
Large wrought iron log holder of circular form, in very clean, ready to use condition, Nice solid stock construction, heavy well crafted and sturdy.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Wrought Iron

Modern Gold Tone Spherical Andirons, Pair
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Modern gold tone spherical andirons, in the manner of William H. Jackson Company. Measures: 8" H x 17" W x 6" D. Provenance: property from a West Palm Beach estate.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Metal

Donald Deskey Fireplace Screen and Mounted Tools,Andirons, Modernist, Bennett
Located in Buffalo, NY
Fireplace screen with pulley system to open and close in wrought iron and brass with tools mounted at sides by Donald Deskey for Bennett, American 1940s -1950's. This is an unusual c...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Metal, Brass, Iron

Mid-Century Log Holder of Wrought Iron and Brass, Ca. 1950's
Located in New York, NY
Unusual mid-century log holder, having a circular wrought iron frame with a brass tray surface. The piece is diminutive in scale, as it is designed to be placed inside, next to the m...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Artisan Made Iron Fire Screen
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Fine artisan made iron fire screen, the openwork front with scalloped and criss-cross sections decorated with stylized flowers and leafy buds. With a tall top hook. Very solid feelin...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Iron

Mel Bogart Fire Grate Felmore Stewart-Winthrop Good Design Los Angeles Architect
Located in Hyattsville, MD
A piece of Los Angeles Architectural history. This rare and sought after XL sized andiron and fire grate, designed by Mel Bogart for Stewart-Winthrop, mfg. by Felmore, and selected f...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Iron

Mid Century Pair of Forged Iron a Giraffe Andirons
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
A whimsical pair of hand forged andirons made to look like a stylized giraffe, they are a nice balance of folk art, craft and modern design. A truly unique and one of a kind set of a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Iron, Wrought Iron

Pair of Roccoco Style Decorative Ormolu Fireplace Chenets Andirons
Located in Germantown, MD
A pair of early 20th century highly decorative bronze ormolu (gilt metal) chenets in the Rococo style. These Chenets or fire dogs are in the typical Rococo design of scrolling fol...
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Iron

Pair of Donald Deskey Mid-Century Modern Nickel Plated Sculptural Andirons
Located in St. Louis, MO
Sculptural Donald Deskey for Bennett Andirons in Nickel, having a J shape with solid nickel disc in center. Older restoration, light use since then. Depth of uprights are 1.25" d. ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Nickel, Iron

Donald Deskey Andirons, Brass and Wrought Iron, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Donald Deskey andirons, brass and wrought iron, signed. Brass blade or obelisk motif andirons by Donald Deskey for Bennett. Deskey's design was inspired by the Trylon sphere exhibite...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Pair of Andirons with Hammered Texture and Cannonball Crown
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Handsome pair of mid-20th Century hammered texture andirons. The andirons are in traditional form with the hourglass body balanced on elegantly curved legs. A round cannonball shape ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Iron

Pair of Giacometti Style Sculptural Andirons
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of Alberto Giacometti inspired andirons, unknown manufactured and production date. My guess is from the 1970s. Completely restored, polished satin finish, high heat black on sup...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Steel

Donald Deskey Andirons and Wall Mounted Fireplace Tools by Bennett
Located in Hingham, MA
An original five piece set of modernist Art Deco andirons and matching fireside tools designed by Donald Deskey and produced by Bennett-Ireland Company of Norwich, NY. Sculptural hef...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Modernist Brass and Iron Andirons Fire Tools and Screen by Donald Deskey
Located in Atlanta, GA
Modernist brass and iron andirons, fire tools and fire screen, designed by Donald Deskey for Bennett, circa 1950s. The fire tools measure 33.5" H x 12.5" W. The fire screen measures ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Iron

Unusual Mid Century Octagonal Wrought Iron Log Holder
Located in New York, NY
Unusual architectural octagonal wrought iron log holder, in very good, original clean and ready to use condition. The piece is constructed of solid squared stock iron.  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Wrought Iron

Royere Style Fireplace Screen
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
This iron and brass screen in the style of Jean Royere was a custom made fire place screen. There is no actual screen as this was used more to block the fireplace when not in use.
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Early 2000s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Iron

Donald Deskey Pair of Andirons in Wrought Iron and Brass 1950s 'Signed'
Located in New York, NY
Pair of andirons in wrought iron with polished brass fins by Donald Deskey for Bennett, American 1950's (signed “Bennett” on shanks). These have been completely restored - brass poli...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Pair of Arts & Crafts Modern Chrome Andirons
Located in Port Jervis, NY
A very modern take on a pair of hand forged Andirons that are chrome over iron. Tall sleek and elegant. Signed Cahill?
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Chrome, Iron

Pair of Andirons, France, 1970’s
Located in New York, NY
Nickelled metal spiral-form andirons, featuring iron bases and bars.           
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Chrome

Fire Place Tools, Midcentury, Lucite and Polished Chrome, Italy, C 1960
Located in New York, NY
Decorative midcentury fire place tools, circa 1960. Made of polished chrome and Lucite. Made in Italy.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Chrome

Vintage Brass Horse Andirons, Screen, Log Holder and Tools, Complete Set
Located in Esperance, NY
Vintage brass horse andirons, screen, log holder and tools - complete set Measures: Screen: 31.25” H x 38” W x 5.5” D Andirons 17.25” H x 4.25” W x 21” D Log holder 8.5” H x 24”...
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1950s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass

Pair of Wrought Iron Dogs Andirons, circa 1960, France
By Edouard Schenck
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of dog andirons, circa 1960, France. Black wrought iron. Dimensions: 40 cm D, 13 cm W, 27 cm H. All purchases are covered by our Buyer Protection Guarantee. This item can be ret...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Iron

Stylish Pair of Midcentury Brushed Steel Andirons or Firedogs
Located in Haarlem, Noord-Holland
Super stylish set of brushed steel mid- century modernist andirons or firedogs. The soft shine and great patina make these andirons really stand out in your mantel. Prefect condi...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Iron

Donald Deskey Style Andirons, Geometric, Brass Buckles
Located in New York, NY
Donald Deskey style andirons, geometric, brass buckles. Handsome pair of andirons with square brass buckle decorative fronts and wrought iron shanks.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Pair of Graphical Andirons from Iron and Brass Chrome, France, circa 1940
Located in Vienna, AT
Very elegant French late Art Deco, early midcentury andirons made from forged iron, brass and nickel details. Very reduced, graphical andirons in good condition with signs of rust...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Iron, Brass, Wrought Iron

Pair of Vintage Cast Iron Horse Head Andirons USA 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Pair of cast iron horse head andirons. USA, circa 1950. Black finish, brass accent.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Iron

Large Bronze Andirons in the Style of Pierre Legrain, France 1950s
By Pierre-Emile Legrain
Located in New York, NY
The largest version of these stunning andirons, they stand at 24" tall and would make any fireplace stand out. The bronze part is a solid piece and is shaped like a stylized flame, p...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Bronze, Wrought Iron

Mixed Metal Bronze and Cast Iron "Minotaur" Andirons, France 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Pair of large minimal andirons in the shape of a stylized bull or minotaur. The forged iron aspect has been refinished with a thermal coating while the bronze element was left in ori...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Bronze, Iron

Polished Brass Twisted Arrow Style Andirons, Vintage Pair
Located in East Hampton, NY
These simple and yet classic designed andirons in a polished brass with twisted neck and spade finial.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Iron, Brass

Spectacular Pair of Danny Alessandro Fireplace Andirons Chrome Brass Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Spectacular pair of Danny Alessandro andirons in chrome and brass.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Modernist Pair of Chrome Polished Steel Andirons 1980s Japan
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a gorgeous pair of polished steel andirons, table sculptures, made in Japan, circa the 1980s. In excellent condition. The dimensions of each are 7" W x 6" D...
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1980s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Steel

Donald Deskey Andirons for Bennett, Nickel Chrome and Wrought Iron, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Donald Deskey andirons for Bennett, nickel chrome and wrought iron, signed. Nickel-plated brass tapered blades with newly restored matte black wrought iron shanks. Deskey's design wa...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Wrought Iron, Nickel

Pair of Cast Iron and Wrought Ironandirons, French, circa 1940
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This pair of andirons is made of cast iron and wrought iron. This is a French work, circa 1940.
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Iron, Wrought Iron

In the Style of Gilbert Poillerat, Important Pair of Wrought Iron Andirons
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This very beautiful important pair of andirons is made of wrought iron and gilt iron with a twisted bar in between. This is an amazing work, in the style of most famous wrought iron ...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Wrought Iron, Iron

Raymond Subes, Pair of Wrought Iron Andirons, French, Circa 1940
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This fire place tools are made of wrought iron. This is a work by famous French designer Raymon Subes, Circa 1940.
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Wrought Iron

Raymond Subes, Pair of Wrought Iron Andirons, French, Circa 1940
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This pair of andirons is made of wrought iron. This is a French work, circa 1940.
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Wrought Iron

Donald Deskey Iron, Brass Blade Andirons
Located in New York, NY
Pair of blackened iron andirons with a polished brass streamlined blade. Designed by Donald Deskey.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Iron

Pair of Graphical Andirons from Iron and Brass Chrome, France, circa 1940
Located in Vienna, AT
Very elegant French late Art Deco, early midcentury andirons made from forged iron, brass and nickel details. Very reduced, graphical andirons in good condition with signs of rust...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Iron, Brass, Wrought Iron

Mid Century Fireplace Tool Set by Bennett Attributed to Deskey
Located in New York, NY
Great midcentury fireplace tool set signed Bennett, design attributed to Donald Deskey. This set is in exceptional clean, ready to use original condition. Set includes a stand, poker...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Brass, Iron

Stylish Pair of Mid-Century Modern Andirons or Firebogs
Located in Haarlem, Noord-Holland
Lovely pair of Mid-Century Modern andirons. Inspired by an opening flower, these heavy wrought iron andirons open up to reveal a polished hand hammered "floating" shiny ball. Nice ...
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Andirons

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Neoclassical Style Brass and Iron Andirons, French, circa 1970
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This beautiful pair of neoclassical style andirons are made of brass and iron. This is an interesting design, French work, circa 1970.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Andirons

Materials

Brass, Iron

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