Bed hanging (Valance)

  • Category:

    Textiles (Furnishing)

  • Creator (Role):

    Ernest LoNano Interiors (Maker)

  • Place of Origin:

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

  • Secondary Place of Origin:

    France, Europe

  • Date:


  • Materials:

    Silk; Paint; Cotton

  • Techniques:

    Painted, Watered (Moire), Woven (plain)

  • Museum Object Number:


  • Complete Details

Object Number


Object Name

Bed hanging (Valance)


Textiles (Furnishing)

Credit Line/Donor

Gift of Henry Francis du Pont

Creator (Role)

Ernest LoNano Interiors (Maker)
The interior design firm of Ernest Lo Nano manufactured many textile furnishings (curtains, upholstery, bed hangings, etc.) for Henry Francis du Pont between 1929 and 1958. Mr. du Pont mainly worked with Ernest S. Lo Nano Jr (1901 to 1958), who was proprietor of the shop from 1935-1958. Mr.du Pont was quite clear that Lo Nano did not act as the interior designer at Winterthur. Rather, Lo Nano was the curtain maker and upholsterer. Jeni Sandberg has conducted much of the primary research on Lo Nano. See the manuscripts, notes in file "Lo Nano" in textile curator's office.

Place of Origin

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

Origin Notes

This window hanging was made by Ernest LoNano Interiors of New York City.

Secondary Place of Origin

France, Europe

Secondary Origin Notes

This fabric was painted in France, probably between 1775-1800.



Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Label; reverse left corner, pinned on tag; "57.1277 /.1" (graphite)
2. Label; reverse right corner, tape tag; "SEASON 123" (stamped in red)
3. Label; reverse right corner, fabric tag; "2 L GOLD and WHITE / top Bed Valance / Jan - Feb - Mar / July - Aug - Sept" (typed)




Silk; Paint; Cotton


Painted, Watered (Moire), Woven (plain)

Construction Description


Dimensions (inches)

13 (H) , 265 (W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

33.02 (H) , 673.1 (W)

Measurement Notes

Measurements overall, L includes fringe.

Object Description

Text available soon.

Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Book] Needles, Howard L. & Zeronian, S. Haig. 1986 Historic Textile and Paper Materials: Conservation and Characterization. 212.
Published: fig. 1, p. 132
[Book] Sweeney, John A. H. 1963 The Treasure House of Early American Rooms.
Published: p.107