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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 in 1997. Over the last 20 years, the PAGODA RED team has grown into a renowned resource for designers, collectors and aficionados around the world.
Artisan Made Low Table
Artisan Made Low Table
21st Century and Contemporary American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
In accordance with traditional Chinese woodworking, this artisan-made table demonstrates the utmost respect for form and function. Straightforward and earnest, this example of re-pur...
19th Century Chinese Flanked Prosperity Chest
19th Century Chinese Flanked Prosperity Chest
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Furniture
Brass, Elm
A more rustic interpretation of classic Qing-dynasty furniture, this antique chest simplifies the silhouette with pert, upturned flanges and just a hint of taper to its square frame....
19th Century Chinese Cracked Ice Lattice Cabinet
19th Century Chinese Cracked Ice Lattice Cabinet
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Wardrobes and Armoires
Brass, Cedar
This elegant 19th-century tall cabinet was crafted by an artisan in Suzhou, China's "Garden City," and features doors fitted with complex cracked ice lattice panels. Cracked ice latt...
Chinese Springtime Phoenix Tail Vase
Chinese Springtime Phoenix Tail Vase
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Ceramics
Porcelain
Sculpted in a traditional Chinese phoenix tail vase form, this elegant early 20th-century vase is adorned with a scene of magpies flitting between branches covered in cherry blossoms...
19th Century Chinese Rosewood Prosperity Lantern
19th Century Chinese Rosewood Prosperity Lantern
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Lanterns
Glass, Rosewood
Elegantly constructed of thin pieces of rosewood, this ornate 19th century lantern would have originally been lit with candles to illuminate a very fine courtyard home in China's Anh...
19th Century Chinese Low Rattan Top Daybed
19th Century Chinese Low Rattan Top Daybed
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Daybeds
Reed, Cypress
This mid-19th century cypress daybed from southern China features simple round legs connected by gentle humpback stretchers. The tightly-woven top surface was hand-woven of reeds in ...
Pair of 19th Century Chinese Stone Fu Dog Finials
Pair of 19th Century Chinese Stone Fu Dog Finials
Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Garden Ornaments
Limestone
These reclining lion dogs, also known as shizi, were hand-carved from limestone in northern China over two centuries ago. These mythical guardians symbolize strength and power and we...
Chinese Persimmon Ovoid Ginger Jar with Cartouche Paintings
Chinese Persimmon Ovoid Ginger Jar with Cartouc...
Early 20th Century Chinese Jars
Porcelain
This vase is the perfect example of enduring Chinese symbolism and design. Each side of the ginger jar bears a cartouche painting containing a picturesque scene. Attendants watch ove...
18th Century Chinese Low Iron Basin
18th Century Chinese Low Iron Basin
Antique Early 18th Century Chinese Qing Planters and Jardinieres
Iron
China was the earliest known civilization create works with cast iron, first appearing thousands of years ago during the illustrious Zhou dynasty. This early 18th century iron vessel...
Yoruba Oba Beaded Crown
Yoruba Oba Beaded Crown
Early 20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Fabric, Beads
The Yoruba peoples of Nigeria are some of Africa's most famous artisans. Their deep mythologies fired the imaginations and talents of skilled craftspeople to create extraordinary wor...
Yoruba Oba Beaded Crown
Yoruba Oba Beaded Crown
Early 20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Fabric, Beads
The Yoruba peoples of Nigeria are some of Africa's most famous artisans. Their deep mythologies fired the imaginations and talents of skilled craftspeople to create extraordinary wor...
Yoruba Beaded Sash
Yoruba Beaded Sash
Mid-20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Shell, Fabric, Beads
This intricately-constructed colorful train was painstakingly created by Yoruba artisans in Nigeria in the mid-20th century. Recent designs such as this were based upon sashes that s...
Yoruba Beaded Sash
Mid-20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Shell, Fabric, Beads
This intricately-constructed colorful train was painstakingly created by Yoruba artisans in Nigeria in the mid-20th century. Recent designs such as this were based upon sashes that s...
Yoruba Beaded Sash
Mid-20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Shell, Fabric, Beads
This intricately-constructed colorful train was painstakingly created by Yoruba artisans in Nigeria in the mid-20th century. Recent designs such as this were based upon sashes that s...
Kirdi Iron Currency Bundle
Early 20th Century Cameroonian Tribal Art
Iron
With flared hourglass shape and tightly coiled ends, this bundle of iron currency pieces is imbued with a sense of tension and movement - despite being completely rigid and immobile....
Chamba Gong Currency
Early 20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Iron
Like many pieces of traditional African metalwork, this gong had multiple uses for the Chamba people of the Benue River Valley in Nigeria. It was a ceremonial instrument, a status sy...
Yoruba Iron Gong Currency
Early 20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Steel, Iron
Like many pieces of traditional African metalwork, this metal gong served multiple purposes within the Yoruba communities of northern Nigeria. It was a ceremonial instrument, a poten...
Mfunte Iron Currency
Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Art
Iron
In many pre-colonial regions of Africa, iron was so valuable that tools often doubled as currencies for rare but significant transactions. This large iron form is a currency piece fr...
Matakam Sickle Currency with Figure
Mid-20th Century Cameroonian Tribal Art
Iron
Many pre-coinage African currencies were formed after objects of inherent practical value. This sickle-form iron currency created by an artisan of the Matakam people of Cameroon was ...
Matakam Sickle Currency with Figure
Mid-20th Century Cameroonian Tribal Art
Iron
Many pre-coinage African currencies were formed after objects of inherent practical value. This sickle-form iron currency created by an artisan of the Matakam people of Cameroon was ...
Yoruba Osanyin Staff
Early 20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Steel, Iron
To cure mental and physical ailments, Yoruba priests and diviners invoke the aid of Osanyin, the god of herbal medicines. Used in divination rituals to cure the afflicted, this iron ...
19th Century Chinese Black Lacquer Cabinet
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Wardrobes and Armoires
Brass, Elm
Handcrafted in China's Shanxi province almost two centuries ago, this tall elmwood cabinet was once used for storage in the sleeping quarters of a wealthy Qing-dynasty woman. An expr...
Pair of Petite Chinese Noodle Cabinets
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Cabinets
Brass, Elm
This striking pair of petite elmwood cabinets was constructed in the early 20th century by an artisan in China's Shanxi province. Called “noodle” for the rounded wood molding that ou...
19th Century Chinese Calligrapher's Table
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Desks and Writing Tables
Elm
This calligraphy table, like all the highest quality pieces of Chinese furniture, follows the timeless principles of Chinese architectural design and construction techniques. It has ...
Early 20th Century Chinese Calligraphy Brush
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Wood
Along with paper, ink, and inkstone, the brush was part of the four treasures found in a scholar’s studio. Arguably the most important tool, the brush served as a direct link to the ...
19th Century Chinese Ivory Calligraphy Brush
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Ivory
Along with paper, ink, and inkstone, the calligraphy brush was part of the Four Treasures found in a scholar’s studio. Arguably the most important tool, the brush served as a direct ...
19th Century Chinese Folk Painted Sideboard
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Sideboards
Brass, Elm
Crafted by an artisan in China's Shanxi province, this spirited 19th century coffer would have been kept in the home as a blessing of luck and good fortune. The beautifully maintaine...
19th Century Chinese Garment Rack
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Furniture
Elm
Crafted by an artisan in China's Shanxi province, this mid-19th century elmwood garment rack has a spare, linear design with large open areas to accommodate folded textiles. Since co...
19th Century Lacquered Tibetan Trunk
Antique Mid-19th Century Tibetan Furniture
Brass
Made of humble pine, this 19th century trunk from Tibet once sparkled with vibrant color and a glossy lacquer finish. A layer of gesso was built up to create relief figures of two Bu...
Chinese Ribbon Side Table
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Side Tables
Hardwood
With no stretchers or spandrels, this elegantly simple table forms one beautiful, continuous ribbon the concealed joinery and fine finish add to this austere beauty. The contemporary...
19th Century Chinese Woven Top Low Table
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Daybeds
Reed, Elm
Distinguished by its scalloped apron and lotus pod feet, this Qing-dynasty daybed was handcrafted of northern elmwood with an eye for decorative detail. The top, woven of reeds accor...
Petite Chinese Narrow Cabinet
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Cabinets
Brass, Walnut
The quiet elegance of this petite cabinet is thanks to its simple design and clean, bold lines. Though its impactful design is quite modern, the Qing-dynasty craftsmanship of the pie...
Chinese Blue and White Mei Ping Jar with Fu Dog...
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Ceramics
Porcelain
This blue-and-white covered jar is hand-painted with flora and fauna of the sea, offering blessings of wealth, abundance, and the contented harmony of a fish in water. Chinese blue-a...
Chinese Springtime Phoenix Tail Vase
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Ceramics
Porcelain
Sculpted in a traditional Chinese phoenix tail vase form, this elegant early 20th century vase is adorned with a scene of magpies flitting between branches covered in cherry blossoms...
Chinese Springtime Phoenix Tail Vase
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Ceramics
Porcelain
Sculpted in a traditional Chinese phoenix tail vase form, this elegant early 20th century vase is adorned with a scene of magpies flitting between branches covered in cherry blossoms...
Chinese Persimmon Ovoid Ginger Jar with Cartouc...
Early 20th Century Chinese Ceramics
Porcelain
This vase is the perfect example of enduring Chinese symbolism and design. Each side of the ginger jar bears a cartouche painting containing a picturesque scene. Attendants watch ove...
18th Century Chinese Hoofed Foot Side Table
Antique Early 18th Century Chinese Qing Side Tables
Walnut
This early Qing-dynasty example of a hoofed foot table exemplifies the way the sophisticated minimalism of the Ming dynasty influenced even provincial furniture. The design is elegan...
19th Century Chinese Courtyard Console Table
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Console Tables
Brass, Walnut
Cloaked in a beautifully aged layer of clear lacquer, this earnest table speaks volumes about simple pride. The console's clean lines and warm, open-grained walnut texture speak to t...
Petite 19th Century Chinese Pedestal with Fu Do...
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Pedestals
Limestone
Carved with the image of a protective shizi fu dog, this petite limestone pedestal once invoked the spirit of the guardian to provide protection from harmful spirits. Framing the fu ...
Pair of 19th Century Chinese Rosewood Lanterns
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Lanterns
Glass, Rosewood
Elegantly constructed of thin pieces of rosewood, this pair of ornate 19th century lanterns would have originally been lit with candles to illuminate a very fine courtyard home in Ch...
Chinese Blue and White Ginger Jar with Fu Dogs
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Ceramics
Porcelain
Images of shizi, a lion-dog symbol of power and strength of character, cavort among the stylized clouds of heaven on this hand-painted covered jar. Originally intended for storing sp...
19th Century Chinese Three Person Bench
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Benches
Cypress
Crafted by a Qing-dynasty artisan in northern China, this 19th century splayed leg bench has an elegant design that fits effortlessly into the modern home. Viewed in profile, the str...
17th Century Chinese Square Corner Altar Table
Antique Early 17th Century Chinese Ming Furniture
Elm
Centuries of use have given this 17th century altar table a beautifully worn patina that calls to be touched. The long table was made in the late Ming dynasty, and once served as an ...
Plank Top Console Table with Everted Ends
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Furniture
Elm
With everted ends and square legs, this altar table expresses Classic Qing-dynasty design, but the hand-carved spandrels are extraordinary and truly set the design apart. Trimmed wit...
19th Century Chinese Wine Table with Cloud Span...
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Console Tables
Elm
Ideal as a console table in the modern home, this exquisite 19th century wine table charms with rounded legs, simple double stretchers, and finely beaded cloud spandrels. Crafted in ...
Chinese Art Deco Marble Top Table
Early 20th Century Chinese Art Deco Center Tables
Marble, Rosewood
In the 1930s, Shanghai, China was swept up in the Art Deco design movement, permeating every part of life in the bustling, vibrant city. This stylized table is a product of the time ...
Chinese Blue and White Fish Bowl
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières
Porcelain
This grand, blue-and-white porcelain bowl is hand-painted with flora and fauna of the sea, offering blessings of wealth, abundance, and the contented harmony of a fish in water. Chin...
Blue and White Hibachi Vessel with Presentation...
Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières
Porcelain
Designed to hold glowing embers, hibachi vessels were used as a source of heat or for cooking in Japanese homes. Ceramic hibachi were introduced during the Meiji period as an alterna...
19th Century Chinese "Forever" Console Table
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Console Tables
Walnut
This exquisite 19th-century wine table was crafted of walnut sourced from the forests of China’s Hebei province. The table charms with round legs, gently curving stretchers, and a de...
Pair of Two-Door Chestnut Cabinets
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Night Stands
Brass, Chestnut
Perfecting line and proportion, the simple design of these cabinets celebrates the natural beauty and texture of chestnut wood. Showcasing a pronounced grain and unique knots, the wo...
19th Century Chinese Eight Immortals Table
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Furniture
Walnut
Named for its seating capacity, this 19th-century walnut table once gathered together a party of eight with a bench for two on each side. Handcrafted of walnut and cloaked in a layer...
Petite Console Table with Dancing Dragon Apron
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Console Tables
Brass, Willow
This 19th century altar coffer with everted ends is made striking by a delicately carved apron featuring two scaly dragons dancing amid swirling clouds. The table would have original...
19th Century Chinese Two-Door Lacquered Sideboard
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Sideboards
Brass, Elm
Centuries ago, this handsome coffer may have served as the family storage chest for embroidered silks or formal clothing. Crafted by a Qing-dynasty artisan in the bustling port city ...
19th Century Chinese Lacquered Sideboard
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Sideboards
Brass, Elm
With four drawers and six doors, this 19th century lacquered coffer is larger than most - the monumental design would make it an ideal storage chest for a modern home. The floral apr...
Low Round Chinese Millstone
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Planters and Jardinieres
Limestone
Beautifully textured by a pattern of hand-carved grooves, this early 20th century millstone was created northern China from a single block of limestone. The stone was once used in a ...
Chinese Blue and White Phoenix Vase
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Vases
Porcelain
Standing amidst mountains, clouds, and foliage, a regal phoenix surveys its domain. Revered for bringing prosperity and strength, the phoenix is a powerful feature of traditional Chi...
"Orion" by Jan Pieter Fokkens
21st Century and Contemporary American Contemporary Art
Paper
Chicago-based artist Jan Pieter Fokkens uses his work as a means of processing the incomprehensible. Navigating the relationship between algorithmic abstraction and the tangible qual...
Set of Six Mixed-Media Tiles by Pauline Hughes
21st Century and Contemporary British Wall-mounted Sculptures
Ceramic, Paint, Paper
Liverpool-based artist Pauline Hughes takes a fluid approach to her ceramic practice, integrating techniques of painting, collage, and printmaking into her works. Combining the myste...
19th Century Chinese Eight Dragon Bench
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Benches
Elm
Carved dragons swirl on the spandrels of this 19th century bench, animating the surface and imbuing the piece with auspicious meaning. Sourced from China’s Shanxi region, walnut was ...
Marble-Top Square Table
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Side Tables
Marble, Elm
This deceptively simple feng deng (square stool) is a masterpiece of the harmonious design celebrated in traditional Chinese furniture. Clear in construction and pure in materials, t...
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