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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Antique Mid-19th Century China Scholar's Objects
Limestone
Chinese connoisseurs valued Lingbi stones for their mystical beauty. The finest scholar’s stones came from Lingbi, in the northern province of Anhui, renowned for their black tones a...
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21st Century China Ceramics
Ceramic, Paint
Emulating the look of Classic blue-and-white Chinese porcelain, this contemporary porcelain brush pot would have been right at home on a scholar’s desk. Beautifully decorated with an...
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Antique Mid-18th Century China Qing Antiquities
Metal, Gesso, Lacquer, Feathers
In its original form, this intricate hat denoted its wearer's rank in the Chinese Imperial Court. Large rectangular panels, auspicious characters, and gilding combined to allow for t...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Metalwork
Gold, Bronze
The bronze body of this finely crafted vessel is inlaid with flecks of gold. Long ago, someone likely used it to burn incense—people in China burned fragrant incense to honor their a...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Metalwork
Iron
This cast-iron vessel has an elegant form reminiscent of the beautiful ironwork, bronzes, and ceramics perfected by Chinese artisans thousands of years ago. A century ago this jar wo...
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Early 20th Century China Qing Metalwork
Silver
These delicate, handmade silver rounds, decorated with sinuous dragons, reflect the unique culture of the Miao people of southern China, one of China’s many minority groups. The orna...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Antiquities
Metal, Rope, Elm
Many 19th century carpenters in China used chalk lines, like this one, to draw straight lines onto wooden structures. Each post and beam in a building was marked with these lines, an...
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Early 20th Century China Qing Antiquities
Elm
Out of context, this carved wood hat stand has a curious, octopus-like appearance. Intricately embellished with carved flourishes, the hat stand displays the opulence of court fashio...
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Early 20th Century China Ceramics
Porcelain, Paint
Made in the 1920s in China’s Zhejiang province, this lovely phoenix tail vase is modeled after an ancient form developed in the Bronze Age. The decoration, however, is firmly rooted ...
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21st Century China Sculptures and Carvings
Jade
Jades have been cherished for thousands of years, with their rich heritage, beauty, and rarity. Jade Bi discs have been found in the tombs of ancient Chinese emperors and aristocrats...
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21st Century China Ceramics
Terracotta
Shaped according to millennia-old prototypes fired in the Bronze Age, this handmade ceramic jar from northern China once stored wine and spirits made from rice and grains. Stunning i...
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21st Century China Scholar's Objects
Stone
A well-chosen stone is a focal point of a traditional Chinese garden, evoking mountains and the whole of nature. This sculptural fugui meditation stone is millions of years old. Quar...

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