Pair of Andirons

about 1928
Jacques Lipchitz (French (born in Lithuania), 1891–1973)


Overall (1986.5): 37 x 27 x 58 cm (14 9/16 x 10 5/8 x 22 13/16 in.) Overall (1986.6): 37 x 27 x 57.9 cm (14 9/16 x 10 5/8 x 22 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilt bronze, iron

Not On View





A pair of gilt-bronze andirons, supported by wrought iron supports at back and in the form of stylized geometric doves. See also 1986.4, a mantelpiece with identical to birds, facing each other.


1928, commissioned by Jacques Doucet (b.1853 – d.1929) for the Cabinet de l'Orient, in his residence in Neuilly, France; 1929, at Doucet's death, presumably by inheritance to his wife, Jeanne Roger Doucet, Neuilly. Acquired from a private collection by Brame et Lorenceau, Paris [see note 1]; 1986, sold by Brame et Lorenceau to the MFA [see note 1]. (Accession Date: January 22, 1986)

[1] According to information provided by Brame et Lorenceau to the MFA (December 6, 2002).

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund, Gift of William Sturgis Bigelow, Frederick Brown Fund, Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection, Otis Norcross Fund, Gift of Mrs. Winthrop Sargent, Bequest of G. B. Upton, and Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Zoë Wilbour, by exchange, and Gift of Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb


© Estate of Jacques Lipchitz, courtesy, Marlborough Gallery, New York.