1969.5533 cushion for chair 1964.0143
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Cushion

  • 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:

    Europe

  • Date:

    1964-1964

  • Materials:

    Silk

  • Techniques:

    Woven (twill)

  • Museum Object Number:

    1969.5533


  • Complete Details



Object Number

1969.5533

Object Name

Cushion

Category

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

Origin Notes

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

Secondary Place of Origin

Europe

Secondary Origin Notes

Previously attributed to Europe 1800-1825, this fabric, 1964.0005, was probably made in Europe, possibly France, between 1800-1850.

Date

1964-1964

Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Label; Pinned to back of cushion (white tag); "64.143 / Phyfe Rm"
2. Label; Pinned to back of cushion (white tag); "cushion / 1969.5533/ chair 1964.0143"

Materials

Silk

Techniques

Woven (twill)

Dimensions (inches)

3 (H) , 14.25 (L) , 18 (W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

7.62 (H) , 36.195 (L) , 45.72 (W)

Measurement Notes

Measurements overall.

Object Description

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