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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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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Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Metalwork
Bronze
This 19th century petite bronze vase was intricately cast with finely detailed mythical dragons circling its neck. The Chinese dragon is a powerful symbol of good fortune and was oft...
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Early 20th Century Ethiopia Religious Items
Silver Plate, Copper
Ethiopia has been a Christian nation since the 4th century. The unique cross style of the region is specific to the Coptic subset of the Christian faith. The hollowed base could be e...
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Early 20th Century China Qing Ceramics
Ceramic
This ceramic garden stool was made by hand in Southern China. The glaze references cinnabar, a red mineral that has been used in Chinese art for over a thousand years. The color red ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Sculptures and Carvings
Limestone
For thousands of years, Chinese apothecaries have used mortars and pestles to grind herbal medicines. This 19th century sculptural mortar from the Shanxi region of China was carved b...
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Early 20th Century China Qing Furniture
Elm
This early 20th century three-splayed-leg stool with fluid dragon carved spandrels comes from Northern China. Its design is a traditionally sturdy construction pattern that results i...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Antiquities
Glass, Rosewood
Chinese lanterns have a history that goes back over 1,800 years to the Han dynasty: during the Lantern Festival (which falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month) people hang lan...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Antiquities
Birch
Bats in Chinese art are symbols of happiness and joy. This exquisite tray is a stunning example of 19th century art from Shanxi Province—it is carved from Birchwood in the form of a ...
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Early 20th Century China Qing Antiquities
Elm
This imposing set of doors is over a century old and probably once opened onto the courtyard of a Qing-dynasty home in China’s Shanxi province. Made of elmwood, the doors have develo...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Furniture
Elm
Perfected in the Ming dynasty, complex joinery techniques allowed craftsmen to create furniture with flowing lines, a sense of lightness and amazing durability. This altar table from...
Toyoharu Kii
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21st Century Japan Sculptures and Carvings
Marble
“Abandoned Land” by Toyoharu Kii employs texture and line in a monochromatic mosaic to tell the tale of thwarted ambition and industry. Using varied levels to his tile work, the arti...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Furniture
Elm
These exquisitely carved, low-back armchairs are utterly unique, with memorable details like scalloped edges, and carved dragons circling the Fu character (a symbol of longevity). Th...

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