Silk bands like these were used to wrap bunches of cigars. Beginning in the Victorian period, women saved them in order that they may be pieced together into decorative pillow tops, table covers, and quilts, usually in some variation of the log cabin quilt pattern. Most examples in all forms are various shades of yellow and cheddar. Sometimes black and white stripes are found along with the yellow, along with light pastel blue, pink, and green and, on occasion, crimson red.

Table cover-sized works are much more rare than their pillow-cover-sized counterparts and are invariably more interesting. Entire quilts are rarer still, but almost never encountered.

The beautiful, abstract interpretation of the pineapple log cabin design is much more reminiscent of modern art than that of the late 19th century—even more so than other cigar band piecework, crazy quilts, and the like, which often have uncommonly modernistic elements. The center panel of stacked linear bars is canted at an angle with evident purpose and the surrounding combination of triangles and trapezoids remind the viewer of a box with rectangular bottom, but with unusually shaped sides, that has been unfolded and lain flat.

The ribbon fringe is very unusual. Each band used in its construction was embellished with a small eyelet at the end, covered in yellow silk crocheted needlework, which acted as a weight to keep the “fringe” in place. The central piecework was assembled with the highest quality of workmanship that is seen in such examples, using tight, turkey-track style decorative stitchery, executed with silk floss.

Mounting: The textile has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton, black in color, which was washed to reduce excess dye. And acid-free agent was added to the wash to further set the dye and the fabric was heat-treated for the same purpose. The mount was then placed in a black-painted, hand-gilded and distressed Italian molding. The front is u.v. protective Plexiglas.

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