John B. Jones (American, 1782–1854)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts


Overall: 9.5 x 26.7 x 19.7 cm (3 3/4 x 10 1/2 x 7 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View




Silver hollowware

Oval bowl on short splayed foot with gadrooned bands at foot and rim.


Engraved (on bottom): “Presented to the / Twelfth Congregational Society / BY / Nathl. Call Esqr. May 1825”


Under base: "J*B JONES"


1825, presented by Nathaniel Call, Boston, to the Twelfth Congregational Society of Boston [see note 1]; 1861, upon the closure of the church and disposition of church assets, given by the Twelfth Congregational Society to one of its two ministers [see note 2]. Walter Jennings (b. 1858 – d. 1933), Burrwood, Cold Spring Harbor, New York; October 25-26, 1949, Jennings estate sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 370 [see note 3]. June 16,1984, acquired by Stuart P. Feld and Sue K. Feld at Christie's New York, sale #5594, lot no. 53 [see note 4]; 2011, year-end-gift of Stuart P. and Sue K. Feld to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 2012)

1. Lewis G. Pray, Historical Sketch of the Twelfth Congregational Society in Boston (Boston: John Wilson and Son, 1863), 25.
2. Pray, Historical Sketch, 104-106. The two ministers were Rev. Samuel Barrett and Rev. Joseph F. Lovering, although it is not known which minister received this bowl.
3. Notable Early American Portraits, Early American and Georgian Silver (New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1949). Estate sale held at Burrwood, the home of the late Walter Jennings in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, October 25-26, 1949.
4. Fine American Furniture, Silver, Decorative Arts (New York: Christie's, 1984).

Credit Line

Gift of Stuart P. and Sue K. Feld