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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Early 20th Century China Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone, Rosewood
Chinese connoisseurs valued Lingbi stones for their natural beauty. They preferred rocks that showed four features: perforations (lou), thinness (shou), openness (tou), and wrinkling...
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Antique Early 19th Century China Qing Scholar's Objects
Wood
The unique formation of this early 19th century Chinese scholars' root sculpture brings to mind a sleeping sow in repose posture. This type of natural sculpture is characterized as a...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Sculptures and Carvings
Elm
Signs of honor were given as tokens of honor for a person who did something significant for the community or in acknowledge of a respected person’s birthday. The sign would have been...
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Antique Early 19th Century China Qing Scholar's Objects
Limestone
Hunkered down on his drum perch, a fu dog jealousy guards the pool where a calligrapher once prepared his ink. A symbol of protection, the lion-like beast bears the features of a shi...
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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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Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Metalwork
Iron
This rustic, 19th-century iron bell once pealed in celebration or gave notice of important events in a town in northern China. Marked with holes to affix the clapper or insert a pole...
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Early 20th Century China Qing Ceramics
Porcelain
Given its beautiful designs and expert craftsmanship, it’s no wonder Europeans clamored for Chinese blue-and-white ceramic ware once trade opened between East and West. Demand was so...
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21st Century China Ceramics
Ceramic
The striking monochrome of this vase draws on a long Chinese tradition of ceramics glazed in a single, statement-making color. The vibrancy and cheer of the orange finished stoneware...
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21st Century China Ceramics
Ceramic
Collectors have coveted Celadon ceramics, like this vase with gentle proportions, for centuries. The glazing process is complex: an artisan covered the vase in liquid iron-rich clay,...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Furniture
Elm
Prior to the 10th century Chinese society eschewed raised seats in favour of mats. The addition of chairs and other elevated forms of seating allowed craftsmen to adapt traditional c...
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Antique Mid-19th Century China Qing Metalwork
Bronze
The tripod shape of this finely crafted bronze incense burner is a classical form first appearing in Chinese ceramics and bronzes thousands of years ago. The bronze casting of this b...
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Early 20th Century China Qing Ceramics
Ceramic, Paint
This early 20th-century ceramic storage jar was intended as a pickling container used to preserve a large quantity of eggs. Made in Jiangsu province during the Qing dynasty, the jar ...

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