This bronze wine barrel spout was cast circa 1850 in France. The spout is in the form of a dog head, with the mouth functioning as the exit point. There is a shaped handle that rises from a collar at the front of a straight shaft. Our dog form barrel spout was most likely a tap for a French wine barrel during the 19th century. Another potential use could be as a spout for a wall fountain or powder room sink. It would also make an interesting piece of decorative art.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition, with minor rubs and buildup, both commensurate with age and use. Fleabites from the casting process. Original handle pin in bottom missing, replaced by wire.