Embroidered and painted pillow for a bachelor with the slogan “May All Your Pipe Dreams Come True,” c. 1900. Elaborate silk embroidery in vibrant colors, depicting playing cards, a pipe, dice and poker chips, and of course the seated gentleman smoking. A fantasy lady emerges from the bachelor’s pipe smoke, who is certainly on his mind as he puffs away. She perhaps depicts the creator of this pillow, who wishes herself into the indolent bachelor’s romantic pipe dreams—maybe the pillow represents her own pipe dream? The pillow itself is beautifully made, with a heavy silk cord skirting the edge tying off in a tassel with intricate monkey knots. The piece is in a remarkable state of preservation, with only minor wear. Perfect for the pipe smoker or unrepentent bachelor in your life.
19 inches tall
19 inches wide
7 inches deep
Very good antique condition, with a few minor discolorations (see photos).
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