In 1928 Belgian Surrealist painter René Magritte painted The Treachery of Images. The picture shows a pipe which René declared was not a pipe by painting underneath, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” or in English, This is not a pipe.
The painting is merely a representation of a pipe.
The pipes I have on hand are indeed real pipes. Some were my father’s; some were my grandfather’s. The story as I have been told is as follows.
When my older brother was a few years old he was playing in the smoke from Dad’s pipe. He stood up and proclaimed, “When I grow up I want to be like you and smoke a pipe!” Dad snuffed out the pipe and never smoked again. They have lay dormant and uncleaned for almost 40 years. Surprisingly they still have a sweet tobacco smell.
Below are 2 of the 7 that have survived and a representation of Magritte’s painting.