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PAGODA RED

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Chicago, IL
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PAGODA RED is the destination for collectors who love the art, history, style & spirit of Asian and handcrafted objects. Every item is authentic—historically and geographically—and wears the patina of many lifetimes served in homes, palaces and gardens. In the early 1990s, owner Betsy Nathan studied Mandarin and moved to Beijing. There, she met a group of legendary Chinese furniture experts. Under their mentorship, she became an expert in provenance, craftsmanship, joinery and history. Nathan moved back to the United States and established her first showroom in Chicago i...Read More

PAGODA RED

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Featured Pieces

Chinese Woven Field Basket, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Tightly woven of natural reeds, this neat basket likely contained offerings of food, money and fruits presented as part of ritual ancestor worship on a family altar. Over the course ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Baskets

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Willow

Zhenzhu Meditation Stone Slab
Located in Chicago, IL
This expansive stone slab is formed of zhenzhu stone, a conglomerate limestone extracted from Lake Tai in Jiangsu province. Speckled with almost painterly daubs of color, the sought-...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Garden Ornaments

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Stone

Vintage Chinese Shanghai Deco Glass Pendant
Located in Chicago, IL
In the early 20th century, major Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Tianjin were swept up in the Art Deco design movement. Design, architecture, art, fashion, and furniture were all...
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass

Chinese Willow Market Basket, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
It is easy to imagine someone, long ago, walking to market on a beautiful summer day with this beautiful basket slung over their arm. Basket making is an ancient and humble craft, bu...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic Decorative Baskets

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Willow

Chinese Underglaze Indigo and Copper Fish Jar
Located in Chicago, IL
A modern artisan applied the vibrant copper and indigo imagery before firing, a process of under glazing that was developed during the Song dynasty. The finely painted symbols, fish,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Jars

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Porcelain

Chinese Cloud White Bottleneck Vase
Located in Chicago, IL
The location of a 2,000-year-old ceramics industry, Jiangxi province is experiencing a creative renaissance, attracting artisans eager to master and expand upon traditional ceramic t...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Minimalist Vases

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Porcelain

Chinese Vintage Vendor Tray, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Simple lines, a modest form, and a layer of hand-brushed lacquer give this shallow Qing-dynasty footed tray a provincial charm. A tray like this would have been used by a street vend...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Platters and Serveware

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Elm

Korean Brass Fish Lock, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Like the sparkle of fish’s scales, this 19th-century fish lock from North Korea once perked up the façade of a lacquered chest or cabinet with a flash of golden brass. Demonstrating ...
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Early 20th Century Korean More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Brass

African Bura Stone Funerary Marker
Located in Chicago, IL
This abstract stone sculpture is a funerary marker of the Bura people of the Niger/Mali region. Little is known about the Bura civilization (c. 200 to 1000 AD), but it shares many of...
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Antique 15th Century and Earlier Nigerien Primitive Mounted Objects

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Stone

Maya Tetrapod Terracotta Bowl
Located in Chicago, IL
This wide-mouthed bowl raised upon four bulbous feet is formed in the style of mammiform tetrapod serving plates from the Maya lowlands of Mexico and Guatemala. Used as a presentatio...
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Antique 15th Century and Earlier Central American Pre-Columbian Ceramics

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Ceramic

Chinese Blue and White Fish Plate, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
A traditional motif in Chinese art, the fish on this hand painted 19th century Provincial plate represents a blessing for wealth. Chinese symbols take on added meaning and nuance whe...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Ceramics

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Ceramic

Yoruba Style Figurative Stool
Located in Chicago, IL
Carved in a classic Yoruba form, this figurative stool is unusual for its highly patterned painted surface. Using traditional techniques, a single tree trunk was carved into a column...
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Mid-20th Century Nigerian Tribal Sculptures and Carvings

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Wood

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