Property of Mrs. Charles Munn (née Spreckels), Christie's New York, May 18, 1989, lot 120
Henry Dasson (1825-1896) was one of the leading ébénistes and bronziers in 19th century Paris. He was based at 106 Rue Vieille-du-Temple in the Marais, and in 1871 he purchased the thriving firm of Winckelsen. Dorothy Spreckels Munn (1913-200) was the daughter of the San Francisco sugar baron Adolph Spreckels (d.1924) and his wife Alma de Bretteville, who were notable philanthropists and donated the Legion of Honor Palace to the city in 1924, now part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Like her mother Dorothy was a frequent visitor to Paris and actively supported her native city's cultural institutions, and she was the last member of the family to reside in the Spreckels' Pacific Heights mansion in Washington Street. With her husband Charles Munn (d.1981), she also had a property in Palm Beach, to where she removed permanently in 1985.
Gilt bronze mounts in good condition with only minor rubbing and some surface cleaning residue and water marks. Porcelain bowl with a Y-shaped hairline extending from the rim, with the longer fork extending almost to the foot, with associated minor losses to the upper section of the hairline around the shoulder. Overall, the porcelain with some scratches and minor firing imperfections. Not inspected with mounts removed. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.