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 1870-1879 China Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone, Wood
A Qing-dynasty scholar would have used this organically shaped brush washer to rinse the ink from his calligraphy brush. Made of jasper, the vessel’s naturally gnarled shape showcase...
Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Furniture
Elm, Paint
Made of Chinese northern elm, this altar cabinet once contained the essentials for ancestor rituals. Although darkened with age, the cabinet’s two doors still bear the dynamic brushw...
Early 20th Century Japan Meiji Paintings and Screens
Paint, Paper
During Japan’s Meiji period (1868–1912), artists were exposed to Western art through more open diplomatic and trading relations. Artists began experimenting with unfamiliar technique...
Early 20th Century China Qing Antiquities
Glass
Artisans created this pair of early 20th century cobalt Peking glass vases using techniques developed hundreds of years ago in the Imperial workshops. The process involves hand-craft...
Early 20th Century China Qing Antiquities
Walnut, Burl
Centuries of refined taste went into creating this exquisite Qing Dynasty box. This style of joinery is borrowed from Chinese architecture. The box is eight-sided because the number ...
Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Metalwork
Brass
This 19th century handcrafted bronze hand warmer would have been owned by a woman of means and filled with coals so she could warm her hands on cold winter nights. The top is beautif...
Early 20th Century China Qing Furniture
Elm
Pieced bits of wood veneer create a beautifully executed parquetry design on this special table. The intricate geometric pattern acts as a frame for a square of burled wood. Highly v...
Early 20th Century China Qing Sculptures and Carvings
Porcelain, Wood
A symbol of compassion and wisdom, Guan Yin is a bodhisattva venerated by Buddhists and Taoists alike. This exquisite porcelain sculpture from circa 1900 depicts the serene-faced god...
Early 20th Century China Qing Sculptures and Carvings
Boxwood
Guanyin (the Goddess of Mercy & Compassion) is one of the most popular figures in Buddhism. She’s often called "Kannon" in Japan, where this finely carved early 20th ce...
Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone, Wood
This 19th century inkstone is designed with a water well that follows the shape of the auspicious birds and flowers that define it. The stone fits like a glove into its wooden case. ...
Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Scholar's Objects
Bamboo
A Qing-dynasty scholar once rested his calligraphy brushes in this exceptional brush pot. Appealing to the scholar’s appreciation for natural forms, the pot takes its form directly f...
Toyoharu Kii
21st Century Japan Sculptures and Carvings
Glass, Marble
In the series “Broken Hearts,” Toyoharu Kii honors those who are damaged or overtaken by sadness. In some works white tesserae assume human profiles with holes standing in for eyes. ...

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