Sunday, January 8, 2012


He's probably my most favorite thing in the apartment. Carved, painted and gilded wood, I picked him up at the Toronto flea market in 1999. The dealer said he came from an estate sale in Rome, New York, a town close to the border. Made in the 1930's, I had a custom shade made for him at the Oriental Lamp Shade Company on West 79th Street, which, sadly, may be closed since their website appears to be defunct. They did beautiful work. The gold inner lining makes him glow. Like all saints and bodhisattvas, he's been treated badly. In this case, someone used him as an incense burner. I think they call that patina.

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