1969.8600.002 Slip Cover
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Slip cover

  • 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:

    England, United Kingdom, Europe

  • Date:


  • Materials:


  • Techniques:

    Woven (plain), Block printed, Mordant style

  • Museum Object Number:


  • Complete Details

Object Number


Object Name

Slip cover


Textiles (Furnishing)

Credit Line/Donor

Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont

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

Secondary Place of Origin

England, United Kingdom, Europe

Secondary Origin Notes

The fabric was printed in England about 1780.



Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Inscription; Reverse, near rear hem; "#63.29.3" (ink)
2. Label; Pinned on tag; "2010IMLSRB. / 0042.002 (crossed out)" [over] "1969.8600 / .002" (graphite)
3. Label; Pinned on tag; "63.29.3 / Billiard / Room / APR-SEPT" (graphite)




Woven (plain), Block printed, Mordant style

Dimensions (inches)

26 (L) , 28 (W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

66.04 (L) , 71.12 (W)

Measurement Notes

Measurements overall. Measurements are approximate due to inherent variability of textiles. Vertical design repeat: 19.25 inches Selvedge width: 28.75 inches

Object Description

Text available soon.

Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Book] Montgomery, Florence. 1970 Printed Textiles: English and American Cottons and Linens 1700-1850.
Textile with same pattern, p. 125, fig. 85
[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, p. 11-12.
[Book] Storey, Joyce. 1974 The Thames and Hudson Manual of Textile Printing.
Information on mordant style, p. 88, 101-104.
[Other] Research for Printed Textiles completed by Linda Eaton.
Information on colors and provenance.