Pagoda Red

Chicago, IL

About Pagoda Red

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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20th Century China Scholar's Objects
Stone, Wood
This "Cliff on a Mountain" Chinese viewing stone is known as a scholars' rock. These types of rocks were prized by Chinese scholars as vital sources of inspiration for pain...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Scholar's Objects
Stone
Carved out of stone, this object was used in a Shoemaker’s shop to press down large pieces of leather. Doubling as a handle, the central figure depicts the curious figure of a man wi...
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Antique 15th Century and Earlier China Scholar's Objects
Petrified Wood
Like scholars' rocks, petrified or fossilized, wood is appreciated for its natural beauty. Sometimes called "Tree Jade," petrified wood is thought to bring peace and prospe...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Antiquities
Limestone
Ishi sashi are hand-held weights used in the most intensive Martial Arts training, and traditionally made of stone. The blocks are shaped like ancient Chinese locks, but the function...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Antiquities
Sterling Silver, Jade
An 18th century gentleman-scholar probably wore this Archer’s ring, which was carved by hand in Northern China out of a block of the highest quality jade. In ancient China, archers w...
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Early 20th Century Korea, Democratic People's Republic of Metalwork
Iron
Since ancient times, apothecaries around the world have been using mortar and pestles like this one to grind medicinal herbs. This finely crafted and sculptural vessel was cast in ir...
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Early 20th Century China Paintings and Screens
Glass, Wood
With its sparkling color and Folk Art appeal, this portrait painting from, circa 1900 makes a delightful accent to a bedroom or study. This portrait painting of a young woman is an e...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Furniture
Elm
An elegant example of the clean lines of Qing-dynasty furniture, this table from Shanxi province is skillfully made of northern elmwood with time-honored woodworking techniques. With...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Furniture
Elm
We were delighted to discover this low table as the proportions are unusual and difficult to come by. Made circa 1850, the table has with a recent black lacquer finish, which was app...
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Early 20th Century Philippines Antiquities
Reed
Humble in origin, this intricately woven basket, likely used to collect grain, exhibits remarkable workmanship. To form the basket, artisans used different sized reeds and two distin...
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21st Century China Ceramics
Porcelain
Drawing on a long Chinese tradition of monochrome ceramics, this elegantly subtle vase is glazed in a quiet white, like traditional dingware. Inspired by a bird’s fanned out tail, th...
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Early 20th Century China Ceramics
Chinese porcelain jars were initially used to ship and store ginger and other spices. Later porcelain in these forms became popular as pure luxury items. This early 20th-century balu...

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