(b Boston, 5 Jan 1692; d Boston, 23 Jan 1745). American silversmith, active in Boston. The most important collection of his silverware is held by Harvard University (notably a pair of candlesticks dated 1724); the Historical Society of York, PA, holds a thimble (c. 1740), and Yale University has a fine tankard (c. 1745). John Burt's sons William (b 1723; apprenticed to his father but died young), Samuel (1724-54), and Benjamin (1729-1804) succeeded him in the family business. Benjamin's surviving works include a caster (c. 1750) and a sauceboat (c. 1760; both Boston, MA, Mus. F.A.).
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.