Slip seat

  • Category:

    Textiles (Furnishing)

  • Creator (Role):

    Ernest LoNano Interiors (Upholsterer)

  • Place of Origin:

    Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

  • Secondary Place of Origin:


  • Date:


  • Materials:

    Silk; Wood

  • Techniques:

    Woven (damask)

  • 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

Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

Origin Notes

This slip seat has a black dust cover on its underside that obscures the woods and prevents attribution.

Secondary Place of Origin


Secondary Origin Notes

Previously attributed to Europe c. 1800, this fabric was probably woven between 1750-1800.



Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Label; reverse, pinned on tag; "Slipseat / 84.653.3" (recto), "57.667 / Port Royal Parlor / #8" (in graphite)
2. Label; reverse, plastic tag; " EC 58 / RECEPTION ROOM / April - May - June" (typed)
3. Label; reverse, plastic tag; " EC 58 / RECEPTION ROOM / Oct - Nov - Dec" (typed)
4. Label; reverse, fabric tag; "Interior Decorator / ERNEST LoNANO / 127 EAST 59TH ST. NY" (woven)
5. Label; reverse, tape tag; "SEASON 4" (stamped in red)


Silk; Wood


Woven (damask)

Dimensions (inches)

18 (L) , 24.75 (W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

45.72 (L) , 62.865 (W)

Measurement Notes

Measurements above are overall. Width at rear: 19.25 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.