A beautiful piece of Chinese export Kangxi period porcelain, decorated in underglaze blue with scrolling foliate designs, and molded in the form of a barrel. Used for dispensing wine or spirits, the conceit was carried further with later silver mounts in the form of reeded ends for the barrel, a spigot with a finely detailed tippler astride a barrel for a handle, and a meandering grape vine that supports the whole as a four-legged stand terminating in bun feet! Note the detail of the tiny tub suspended beneath the spigot to catch any drips! There is also a grape and leaf removal stopper on the top. If this piece doesn’t want to make you have a drink, it at least makes you smile. The porcelain from the fine Kangxi period, circa 1690, the silver most likely 19th century Dutch (no apparent marks) and the whole in very good condition. Measuring 4 1/2″ tall x 6 1/4″ in length. $4,800.00