This antique bronze wine barrel spout from Saumur, France (with a production mark from “A. Fabre”) dates to the 1800s. Most likely used in a traditional foudre barrel, the spout played an integral role in the winemaking process, managing the flow of wine with precision and care. The tapering shaft is embellished with two thin rings, just before the corner joint that is topped by a round handle with a protruding center.
Saumur is a region of the Loire Valley known for sparkling wines. Interestingly, there is also a town (also named Saumur) whose limestone caves have been converted into commercial wine cellars. Today, the spout can function as a unique fountain water element or sink fixture.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with minor rubs to surface as seen in photos. Some areas have begun to develop a light verdigris, which is a desirable trait.