Slip seat

  • Category:

    Textiles (Furnishing)

  • Creator (Role):

    Ernest LoNano Interiors (Upholsterer)

  • Place of Origin:

    New York, New York, United States, North America

  • Secondary Place of Origin:

    New England, North America

  • Date:


  • Materials:

    Wool; Wood; Linen; Canvas; Burlap; Hair

  • Techniques:

    Canvaswork, Woven (plain), Embroidered

  • Museum Object Number:


  • Complete Details

Object Number


Object Name

Slip seat


Textiles (Furnishing)

Credit Line/Donor

Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont

Creator (Role)

Ernest LoNano Interiors (Upholsterer)
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, United States, North America

Origin Notes

The slip seat was made in New York by Ernest LoNano Interiors between 1929 and 1961.

Secondary Place of Origin

New England, North America

Secondary Origin Notes

The slip seat canvaswork cover was probably worked in New England between 1730 and 1780.



Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. label; woven cloth, sewn to center of reverse; "Interior decorator/ERNEST LoNANO/127 EAST 59TH ST. N.Y"
2. Label; on seat frame in red paint; "1H47"
3. Label; on seat frame; "Red Room" (graphite)
4. Label; pinned at center of reverse White twill; 1 H 47/RED MARLBORO ROOM/October to July/(Needlework)-(typed)
5. Label; pinned at center of reverse, White tag; slip seat 84.642, on reverse Corner/Chair/61.1190.2 (graphite)




Wool; Wood; Linen; Canvas; Burlap; Hair


Canvaswork, Woven (plain), Embroidered

Construction Description


Dimensions (inches)

21 (L) , 21.5 (W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

53.34 (L) , 54.61 (W)

Measurement Notes

Measurements are from corner to corner, based on the orientation within the chair.

Object Description

Text available soon.

Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Book] Cantor, Jay E. 1997 Winterthur. 264.
Published: p. 162
[Book] Swan, Susan Burrows. 1976 A Winterthur Guide to American Needlework.
Published: fig. 58, pp. 80-81