Upkeep Note:
Restored
19 September 2018

ΒΆ The lotus lamp, removed last May for restoration, has returned to its spot in the apartment. Of course it took longer than the month promised, but delivery has been on-and-off imminent for more than three weeks. Just putting an end to that mini-ordeal is welcome.

Although it has been repainted (lacquered, actually) in a deep, vegetable green, the lamp looks just as it did, so much so that I wonder what all the fuss was about. But that’s restoration for you. The two panels of capiz that had fallen out of the lotus-blossom shades (inevitably lost) have been so cunningly replaced that I have to remember how noticeable the empty spaces used to be: the lamp itself doesn’t tell me. It’s just what it ought to be, no more and no less. It looks like it no longer needs what it just had done to it. Because it doesn’t. Novelty in reverse. 

And now I have the luxury of overlooking I missed it. 

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