User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Cream pitcher, part of a four-piece tea service

Start collecting

The object has a raised body, applied floral concave decoration above the shoulder, exuberant floral decoration around the perimeter. The short splayed trumpet foot is plain. The cream pitcher has a generously sized self spout with an applied rounded band at the rim.


“Presented by the Merchants Bank, Boston to Mark Healy, January 1837 / on his resignation of the Presidency of the Bank.” in script, within a floral reserve


“JONES, LOWS & BALL / Boston / Pure Silver Coin / Boston,” each in a rectangle and arranged to form a rough square, struck on bottom of all. The retailer’s and place names are in roman letters, the quality mark in italics.


: Fashioned for Mark Healey (1791 – 1876), m. Caroline Foster (1800 – 1871) in 1821; by descent to their daughter Caroline Wells Healey (1822 – 1912) and Charles Henry Appleton Dall (1816 – 1886), m. 1844; to their son William Healey Dall (1845 – 1927) and Annette Whitney (1859 – 1943), m. 1880; to their daughter Marion Dall (1882 – 1962); to her son Mark Healey Dall (1915 – 2000), who retained the Dall family name, and Pauline Kingsland Dall (b. 1920), m. 1947, who made the gift in her husband’s name.

Credit Line

Gift of Mark Healey Dall


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


Overall: 17.5 x 17 x 12.4 cm (6 7/8 x 6 11/16 x 4 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique





Silver hollowware