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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19th Century Chinese Calligrapher's Table
Antique Early 19th Century China Qing Desks and Writing Tables
Known as a calligrapher’s, or painter’s, table, this expansive, early 19th century table provided a scholar with an amply sized tabletop to paint or practice calligraphy. In order to...
Pair of 18th Century Chinese Red and Gilt Lacqu...
Antique Mid-18th Century China Qing Side Tables
Steel, Hide, Lacquer, Paint
For over 250 years—through many turbulent years of Chinese history—this pair of red lacquered trunks has remained together. They each have their original brass hardware and are made ...
Early 20th Century Senufo Home Door
Early 20th Century Cote d'Ivoire Wall-mounted Sculptures
Notches in one plank of this traditional door speak to the hinge points that held it in place throughout its long life as the entryway of a Senufo home. The vertical planks alternate...
Early 20th Century Chinese Floral Nichols Rug
Early 20th Century China Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs
In order to meet an ever-growing demand in Europe and American during the beginning of the 20th-century, foreign manufacturers were lured to China to produce rugs. Among the most fam...
"Lovebirds" 19th Century Chinese Blue and White...
Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Vases
Replete with joyous symbols for a happy marriage, this white porcelain phoenix tail vase was likely given as a newlywed gift. Lavishly decorated with pale washes and deep pools of co...
"Poets in the Garden" Chinese Blue and White Ph...
Early 20th Century China Qing Ceramics
One of the primary functions of the Chinese garden was to provide a setting for literary gatherings, places where poets and scholars convened with nature and commemorated the affair ...
Chinese Meditation Stone Top Desk
21st Century China Center Tables
Steel, Stone, Jade
Prized by ancient scholars, meditation stones invigorated the imaginations of poets, painters, and calligraphers. The abstract shape and veining of the greenery stone that tops this ...
Early 20th Century Provincial Chinese Six-Door ...
Early 20th Century China Qing Sideboards
The warm tones and active grain of natural elmwood are the focus of this unusually articulated six-door coffer. Made for a provincial home in northern China in the late 19th century,...
Early 20th Century Chinese Turn Stool
Early 20th Century China Qing Stools
It is unusual to see an early 20th century Chinese round stool with adjustable height. The artisan who created this inventive stool hand-carved the cylindrical center post for easy a...
'Falcon' Red Taihu Spirit Stone on Rosewood Stand
Early 20th Century China Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone, Rosewood
Working within the rarefied atmosphere of his studio, a Chinese scholar gazed upon the evocative formations of this spirit stone, seeking aesthetic and philosophical inspiration. Med...
Set of Four Chinese Bamboo Yokeback Chairs with...
Early 20th Century China Qing Dining Room Chairs
Bamboo, Reed
These early 20th-century tall-back chairs from Southern China are built from spotted bamboo and woven reed. Because the top rail resembles the yoke for an ox, chairs of this style we...
Baga Mandor Shrine a-Tshol
Early 20th Century Guinea Abstract Sculptures
When this powerful figure is engaged at Baga ceremonies, it directs the movements of the dancer handling it. Held in one’s hands or worn on the head, the figure becomes one with the ...

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