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 Qing Furniture
Cultivated in all parts of China, the chrysanthemum is esteemed for its variety of forms and rich colors. This favoured flower is carved in a graceful repeat motif on the apron of th...
Early 20th Century Mongolia Antiquities
Leather, Bamboo
Food was scarce on the Mongolian steppes and had to be carefully rationed, so nothing wasted. This beautiful container was used over a century ago to transport and store a nutritious...
21st Century India Textiles
Linen, Silk, Down
This pillow's creator starts from a place of traditional patterning. The artisan selects fine examples of Asian textiles to attach to linen backs and create down-filled works of art....
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...
21st Century China Antiquities
Steel, Glass
This steel and frosted glass lantern was created by an artisan in Guangdong province as a modern interpretation of a traditional 19th century Chinese rosewood and silk lantern. What ...
Early 20th Century China Qing Sculptures and Carvings
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...
Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Sculptures and Carvings
Wood, Paint
Created late in the mid-Qing dynasty, this evil-conquering guardian likely was installed in a religious site as a form of protection. Such guardians were described in early Indian my...
Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Sculptures and Carvings
Carved out of stone, this object would have been used in a shoemaker’s shop to press down large pieces of leather. Doubling as a handle, the central figure depicts the curious figure...
21st Century China Ceramics
Ceramic, Paint
Chinese blue-and-white ceramics have inspired ceramists worldwide since cobalt was first introduced to China from the Middle East thousands of years ago. This contemporary vase from ...
Early 20th Century China Ceramics
Porcelain, Paint
When this unique jar was made in the 1920s, the world was in the middle of a new artistic movement called Art Deco: it combined many different motifs, including the exotic styles of ...
Early 20th Century China Qing Furniture
Cloud-shaped latches adorn this camphor wood trunk from the turn of the century. Camphor is prized not only for its beautiful grain and rich color, but also for its aromatic nature a...
Antique 15th Century and Earlier China Scholar's Objects
Petrified Wood
Like scholars' rocks, petrified or fossilized wood is appreciated for its natural beauty. Sometimes called "Tree Jade," petrified wood is thought to bring peace and prosper...

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