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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"Pygmalion Effect XI" by Almudena Rodriguez
"Pygmalion Effect XI" by Almudena Rodriguez
Almudena Rodriguez
21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Decorative Art
Paint, Paper
Extracting images, logos and slogans from popular culture, Almudena Rodriguez rearranges these disparate signs in an attempt to map out a single vision determined not by original con...
19th Century Chinese Eternal Youth Sign of Honor
19th Century Chinese Eternal Youth Sign of Honor
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens
Elm, Paint
This monumental lacquered elmwood sign of honor was carved in northern China during the mid-19th century. The large central characters read as "Wu Zheng Ever Green", and - loosely tr...
"After All That" by Esther Shimazu
"After All That" by Esther Shimazu
Esther Shimazu
21st Century and Contemporary American Figurative Sculptures
Bald and chunky, Esther Shimazu’s quirky clay figures are unabashedly naked and delightfully indulgent. Drawing upon her Japanese ancestry and experience living in a laid-back Asian ...
19th Century Chinese Painted Console Table
19th Century Chinese Painted Console Table
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Furniture
Elm, Paint
This mid-19th century console table was likely used as an offering table bearing incense. Appealing to the rarified taste of China’s literati, this Qing-dynasty table depicts auspici...
"Team" Painting by Ren Hui
Ren Hui
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Paintings
This painting - like all of Ren Hui’s masterful works - draws you in, and then asks you to step back and take a second look. Entitled "Team," this masterpiece of acrylic on canvas re...
"The King and His Son" Indian Miniature Painting
Antique Early 19th Century Indian Paintings and Screens
Paint, Paper
This delicate ink and pigment miniature painting was created in India over two centuries ago. Depicting a King and his son practicing archery, this piece may have been sketched while...
"Prayers Go in Sky" Mosaic by Toyoharu Kii
Toyoharu Kii
21st Century and Contemporary Japanese Wall-mounted Sculptures
A leader of the cross-cultural craft resurgence, Japan-based artist Toyoharu Kii creates his intricate mosaics with hand-cut Italian marble and smalti, Venetian glass made by the sam...
"The People People 4" by Tracy Crump
Tracy Crump
21st Century and Contemporary American Contemporary Art
Acrylic, Paper
Tracy Crump uses washes of grey, white and aqua to both conceal and reveal sensitively drawn figures. Each figure stands alone as an individual, possessing unique features and hairst...
Early 20th Century Korean Cast Iron Footed Mortar
Early 20th Century South Korean Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières
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...
Early 20th Century Chinese Low Square Table
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Furniture
With its unusual proportions and low height, this early 20th century square table was an exciting discovery. Made by Qing-dynasty artisans in northern China, the table was constructe...
Pair of Early 20th Century Japanese Gilt Sakyam...
Early 20th Century Japanese Edo Sculptures and Carvings
Wood, Paint
Intricately carved from wood, this pair of Buddha’s was finished with gold leaf and lacquer. Ornate, architectural bases support the lotus blossoms on which the figures sit, backed b...
Tall Chinese Citron Gooseneck Vase
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Ceramics
This statement gooseneck vase was made by a skilled artisan, knowledgeable in the ancient techniques of glazing which made Chinese ceramics world renowned. The tall gooseneck design ...

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