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    The "chasse-roue", also known as "le bouteroue", is a metal or stone buffer, designed to safeguard the sides of carriage entrances from wheels.  Examples still abound in Paris.  Most date from the nineteenth-century and are clearly influenced by ornamental table legs, but a few are modern in both design and date. With thanks to Nigel Foxell, an English "connaisseur" of Paris and a  fine draughtsman, for his contribution to this site.