HUGE 19C Antique English Victorian RUM Spirits Barrel / IDEAL FOR LAMP / DECOR / BAR - Kingfisher
Brand Royal Staffordshire
Attributable to E. Coaney & Co. Birmingham England (late 1800s-early 1900s) this antique Ceramic Barrel Bar -Back Dispenser is absolutely stunning.
This fantastic spirits barrel dates to the Aesthetic Movement and the detailed colorful Kingfisher amongst aquatic flowers and foliage is a prime example of Japanese inspired art that was prominently depicted in many pieces during this time period. It is vividly hand colored under glaze.
This is probably the largest of the antiques spirits barrels I've had the pleasure of buying and selling.
It would be perfect converted into a lamp! In face I have two that I'm having made into lamps now.
These are relatively hard to come by as many didn't survive over the years.
Measures: 13 3/8" tall x appx 12" wide x 7 1/2" deep (about 8' where the spout protrudes out). There is no top lid, however what I believe is the original tap is included but not assembled.
Probably held 2+ gallons
Condition: Excellent for age, no chips, no cracks and little crazing. A couple of marks here and there and wear to the gold trim at the base and the word RUM is mostly worn away.
interior photos: Charles Faudree via Traditional Home converts a similar, smaller English barrel into a lamp for a bar
Last photo: Gail Clairidge converts a pair of the same kind, though different scene, into lamps for a sideboard.