1960.1131 A Bed Hanging, Valance
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Bed hanging (Valance)

  • Category:

    Textiles (Furnishing)

  • Creator (Role):

    Joseph Li Volsi (Maker)

  • Place of Origin:

    New York, New York, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

  • Secondary Place of Origin:

    France, Europe

  • Date:


  • Materials:

    Silk; Linen

  • Techniques:

    Woven (twill)

  • Museum Object Number:

    1960.1131 A

  • Complete Details

Object Number

1960.1131 A

Object Name

Bed hanging (Valance)


Textiles (Furnishing)

Credit Line/Donor

Museum purchase

Creator (Role)

Joseph Li Volsi (Maker)
August 14, 1907-October 22, 1985
Per telephone conversation with Paul Periconi, nephew of Joseph LiVolsi, 08/18/2009: LiVolsi was born on August 14, 1907. His father, Salvatore, and his mother immigrated from Italy. Joseph LiVolsi was a third generation upholsterer. LiVolsi married his wife, Grace on November 18, 1934. In addition to working for Winterthur, Mr. Periconi notes that his uncle did work for the White House refurnishing project and for Mount Vernon, among other museums. LiVolsi worked at home after his retirement until the time of his death. It is very likely that all information, fabric scraps, and tools pertaining to his upholstery business were disposed of after Grace LiVolsi's death in 2007. (SAJ, 08/18/2009) More information about LiVolsi is available on the website: http://www.scovottifamily.com/grace.html

Place of Origin

New York, New York, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

Origin Notes

This bed hanging was made in New York City by Joseph Li Volsi.

Secondary Place of Origin

France, Europe

Secondary Origin Notes

This fabric, previously attributed to France, 1725-1850, was probably made in France 1750-1850.



Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Label; reverse, pinned on fabric label; "SEASON 2 4" (stamped in red)
2. Label; reverse, pinned on tag; "60.1131 a / CHIPPENDALE B/RM / SEPT-MAR" (graphite)
3. Label; reverse, pinned on tag; "60.1131 /a " (graphite)


Silk; Linen


Woven (twill)

Dimensions (inches)

13 (H) , 79.5 (W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

33.02 (H) , 201.93 (W)

Measurement Notes

Measurements overall, include fringe.

Object Description

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