1955.0637.001 bed hanging, headcloth
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Bed hanging (Headcloth)

  • Category:

    Textiles (Furnishing)

  • Place of Origin:

    Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

  • Secondary Place of Origin:

    Jouy-En-Josas, France, Europe

  • Date:


  • Materials:

    Cotton; Linen

  • Techniques:

    Woven (plain), Mordant style, Block printed

  • Museum Object Number:


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Object Number


Object Name

Bed hanging (Headcloth)


Textiles (Furnishing)

Credit Line/Donor

Gift of Henry Francis du Pont

Place of Origin

Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

Origin Notes

This headcloth was made at Winterthur or in New York City.

Secondary Place of Origin

Jouy-En-Josas, France, Europe

Secondary Origin Notes

This fabric was printed in France, possibly in Jouy, between 1780 and 1795.



Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Label; Reverse, bottom left, cloth tag; "ESSEX BED BACK/CURTAIN/55.637.I/TEXTILET294" (typed)
2. Label; Reverse, left, pinned on tag; "JUL-DEC" (graphite)




Cotton; Linen


Woven (plain), Mordant style, Block printed

Dimensions (inches)

57 (H) , 84 (W) , 12.5 (Repeat Height)

Dimensions (centimeters)

144.78 (H) , 213.36 (W) , 31.75 (Repeat Height)

Measurement Notes

Measurements are approximate due to the inherent variability of textiles. (Conservation, 2009) Florence Montgomery determined warps per inch at 52. Vertical design repeat: 12 1/2 inches.

Object Description

Text available soon.

Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Manuscript] Bertrand, Rebecca & Parks, Sarah. Seasonal Change Study.
See Curator of Textiles for Seasonal Change Study binder discussing this object.
[Book] Bredif, Josette. 1989 Printed French Fabrics: Toiles de Jouy.
See pages 106-114 for similar designs.
[Chapter] Bide, Martin. Secrets of the Printer's Palette, Colors & Dyes in Rhode Island Quilts [Book] Welters, Linda & OrdoƱez, Margaret. Down by the Old Mill Stream: Quilts in Rhode Island. 83-121.
Information on mordant style and penciled blue, p. 88; 94-96; 101-104
[Book] Storey, Joyce. 1974 The Thames and Hudson Manual of Textile Printing.
Information on mordant style, p. 11-12