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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 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.
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Narrow Chinese Black Lacquer Cabinet
Located in Chicago, IL
This upright cabinet from northern China has a timeless and minimal design that blends into any interior. The narrow cabinet has a simple, angular form with square corners, straight ...
Category

20th Century Chinese Minimalist Furniture

Materials

Elm

Early 20th Century Korean Wedding Chest
Located in Chicago, IL
This lacquered wedding chest dates to the early 20th century and was likely originally used as a bridewealth chest during a traditional Korean wedding ceremony. The exterior is finis...
Category

Early 20th Century Korean Trunks and Luggage

Materials

Brass

Pair of Chinese Bronze Fu Lion Guardians, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
These tall bronze Fu lions once guarded the entrance to a grand Chinese home. Also known as shizi, pairs of fu dog lions are believed to be benevolent protectors and are traditionall...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Sculptures and Carvings

Materials

Rock Crystal, Bronze

Petite Ming Blue and White Jar
Located in Chicago, IL
A charming example of provincial blue-and-white pottery, this petite lidded jar from the late Ming dynasty (1368-1644) is cloaked in a cool grey underglaze and decorated with express...
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Antique Early 17th Century Chinese Ming Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

"Weathering" Mosaic by Toyoharu Kii
By Toyoharu Kii
Located in Chicago, IL
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Japanese Minimalist Wall-mounted Sculptures

Materials

Marble

Set of Four Chinese Deco Dining Chairs, circa 1930s
Located in Chicago, IL
Made in the 1930s to satisfy the worldwide hunger for all things Art Deco, these unique chairs combine the streamlined style of the era with a Classic Chinese aesthetic. The beautifu...
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Vintage 1930s Chinese Art Deco Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wool, Hardwood

Pair of Chinese Stacked Stretcher Square Stools, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This form of square stool, or fang deng, was a versatile seating option and was pulled up for use at mealtimes or used outdoors in a courtyard or garden. The pair is expertly crafted...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Stools

Materials

Elm

Chinese Paneled Storage Cabinet, c. 1650
Located in Chicago, IL
This is an exquisite example of a 17th century square corner cabinet, constructed with masterful mortise and tenon joinery. It features two paneled doors attached with small barrel h...
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Antique Mid-17th Century Chinese Qing Cupboards

Materials

Elm

Chinese Altar Table with Everted Ends, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This elegant console table was made 150 years ago in China’s Shanxi province and likely served as a family’s altar where they paid respects to revered ancestors. The altar table is c...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Furniture

Materials

Hardwood

Burmese Shwe Zawa Painted Panel, C. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This fantastic gilt painted panel was originally the front of a 19th-century Burmese manuscript chest, or sadaik. The panel is decorated in black and gold by means of the shwe zawa l...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Burmese Paintings and Screens

Materials

Wood

Chinese Blue and White Double Happiness Jar, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Glazed in the classic blue-and-white manner, this rounded jar offers a blessing of happiness and good fortune. Painted on either side of the jar is the ? symbol for "double happiness...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Chinese Painted Orange Lacquer Box, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This painted wooden box dates to the mid-19th century and was likely used as a document chest in a Qing-dynasty office or scholars' studio. Crafted with a sliding lid, the box was us...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood

Petite Ming Blue and White Jar
Located in Chicago, IL
A charming example of provincial blue-and-white pottery, this petite lidded jar from the late Ming dynasty (1368-1644) is cloaked in a cool white underglaze and decorated with expres...
Category

Antique Early 17th Century Chinese Ming Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Chinese Polychrome Jade Emperor Altar Figure, c. 1800
Located in Chicago, IL
This 18th-century carved wooden figure likely depicts the Jade Emperor, the supreme monarch of heaven and earth in Chinese folklore and Taoist mythology. Ruler of all deities and ben...
Category

Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Sculptures and Carvings

Materials

Wood

Chinese Polychrome Seated Ancestor Figure, C. 1800
Located in Chicago, IL
An integral part of traditional Chinese home life, ancestor worship before a domestic altar often featured painted ancestral portraits or tabletop ancestor figures. This early 19th-c...
Category

Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Sculptures and Carvings

Materials

Wood

Chinese Carved Walnut Shell with Eighteen Luohan
Located in Chicago, IL
Chinese nut carving is a traditional craft that dates back as far as the Song dynasty (960 to 1279). The practice allowed carvers to showcase their skill by creating intricate works ...
Category

20th Century Chinese Sculptures and Carvings

Materials

Walnut

Provincial Chinese Rice Measure, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This rustic container was made over a hundred years ago to measure and hold a dou of rice, an ancient Chinese measurement. The rice measure has a square form with tapered sides and e...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Rustic Decorative Boxes

Materials

Iron

Petite Ming Blue and White Jar
Located in Chicago, IL
A charming example of provincial blue-and-white pottery, this petite lidded jar from the late Ming dynasty (1368-1644) is brushed with expressive sweeps of blue atop a cool white und...
Category

Antique Early 17th Century Chinese Ming Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Petite Chinese Blue and White Jar, C. 1800
Located in Chicago, IL
A charming example of provincial blue-and-white pottery, this petite lidded jar is cloaked in a cool white underglaze and decorated with expressive dark blue brushwork of abstract fl...
Category

Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Group of Two Celadon Headrests and One Pre-Columbian Dog Effigy
Located in Chicago, IL
A group of three ceramic sculptures: 1 Pre-Columbian Colima Dog Effigy, Mexico, c. 300 AD 1 Celadon-Glazed Dragon Headrest, China, early 20th century 1 Celadon-Glazed Guanyin Headr...
Category

Early 20th Century Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Chinese Double Steamed Wine Jar
Located in Chicago, IL
This early 20th-century ceramic jar is formed in a traditional shape meant for storing wine and spirits made from rice and grains. Known as cheng, these jars are defined by having a ...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Jim Rose Ming Steel Console Table
By Jim Rose
Located in Chicago, IL
Created exclusively for Pagoda Red, the ming steel collection by artist Jim Rose forges a connection between Shaker minimalism and the simplified lines and austere aesthetic of Ming-...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Industrial Center Tables

Materials

Steel

Petite Ming Blue and White Jar
Located in Chicago, IL
A charming example of provincial blue-and-white pottery, this petite lidded jar from the late Ming dynasty (1368-1644) is cloaked in a cool grey underglaze and decorated with express...
Category

Antique Early 17th Century Chinese Ming Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Jim Rose Ming Steel Petite Altar Table
By Jim Rose
Located in Chicago, IL
Created exclusively for Pagoda Red, the Ming Steel Collection by artist Jim Rose forges a connection between Shaker minimalism and the simplified lines of Ming-dynasty furniture. The...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Industrial Console Tables

Materials

Steel

"As a Bee Sees a Butterfly" Kite by Michael Thompson
By Michael Thompson
Located in Chicago, IL
Chicago-based artist Michael Thompson creates unique kites crafted from split bamboo frames covered with stretched muslin and a collage of vintage Asian ephemera—including fragments ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Contemporary Art

Materials

Silk, Bamboo, Paper, Cotton, Muslin

Low Greenery Meditation Stone Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Prized by ancient scholars, meditation stones invigorated the imaginations of poets, painters, and calligraphers. The abstract shape and veining of the greenery stone specimen that t...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Organic Modern Coffee and Cocktail...

Materials

Stone, Steel

Pair of French Deco Reproduction Table Lamps with Frosted Glass Shades
Located in Chicago, IL
These frosted glass table lamps are mid-century reproductions of the elaborate French Art Deco light fixtures of the early 20th century. Embossed with the Crazy Queen trademark, the ...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Petite Chinese Display Table, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Crafted of a beautiful dense hardwood, this petite table from the late 19th century is designed for displaying precious objects, such as fine porcelain, sculptures, or incense burner...
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Furniture

Materials

Hardwood

Pair of Grand French Empire Style Beaded Crystal Chandeliers
Located in Chicago, IL
These spectacular tent-and-bag chandeliers from the early 20th century are beautifully strung from top to bottom with sparkling crystal beads over a plated metal body. The monumental...
Category

Early 20th Century French Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Crystal, Metal, Wire

Japanese Velvet Scroll Painting of Magpies and Chrysanthemums, Meiji Period
Located in Chicago, IL
This beautiful gold-toned painting on silk and velvet is originally from a 19th-century Japanese handscroll. The painting depicts a quiet scene of two black and white magpies flittin...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

Materials

Silk, Velvet

French Deco Chandelier Signed by Hettier & Vincent, c. 1930s
Located in Chicago, IL
This magnificent frosted glass light fixture is a rare French Art Deco chandelier attributed to the famed Parisian maison Hettier et Vincent. Set within a nickel-plated bronze or bra...
Category

Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Chinese Art Deco Trunk Tables, C. 1930
Located in Chicago, IL
When the Art Deco movement reached major Chinese cities like Tianjin and Shanghai, the design aesthetic that emerged was the perfect intersection of European modernism and Ming-dynas...
Category

Vintage 1930s Chinese Art Deco End Tables

Materials

Elm

Jim Rose Ming Steel Petite Altar Table
By Jim Rose
Located in Chicago, IL
Created exclusively for PAGODA RED, the Ming Steel Collection by artist Jim Rose forges a connection between Shaker minimalism and the simplified lines of Ming-dynasty furniture. The...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Industrial Console Tables

Materials

Steel

"Moonlight" Kite by Michael Thompson
By Michael Thompson
Located in Chicago, IL
Chicago-based artist Michael Thompson creates unique kites crafted from split bamboo frames covered with stretched muslin and a collage of vintage Asian ephemera—including fragments ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Contemporary Art

Materials

Muslin, Silk, Bamboo, Cotton, Paint

Chinese Polychrome Seated Shakyamuni Buddha
Located in Chicago, IL
This large wooden figure depicts the Buddha Shakyamuni in perpetual meditation. Also known as Shaka or Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha Shakyamuni is revered as a fully enli...
Category

20th Century Chinese Sculptures and Carvings

Materials

Wood

Tibetan Painted Dragon Chest of Drawers, 19th Century
Located in Chicago, IL
The number 12 figures prominently in Tibetan astrology, making this simple chest’s dozen drawers the perfect canvas to honor the year of the dragon. Tibetan astrology recognizes a 12...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Tibetan Tibetan Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood, Lacquer, Paint

Tibetan Mechag Flint Striker, 19th Century
Located in Chicago, IL
In 19th-century Tibet, many men carried a fire striker to help ensure survival in the often-harsh climate of the Tibetan Plateau. Known as mechag, such strikers would hang from one's...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Tibetan Tibetan Mounted Objects

Materials

Silver, Steel

Provincial Chinese Rice Measure, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This rustic container was made over a hundred years ago to measure and hold a dou of rice, an ancient Chinese measurement. The rice measure has a square form with tapered sides and e...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

Materials

Iron

"Tiny Red Jacket" by Gordon Chandler
By Gordon Chandler
Located in Chicago, IL
Upon discovering a weathered steel drum that had been warped to resemble the sleeve of a garment, Atlanta-based artist Gordon Chandler was inspired to embark on a series of kimono sc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Industrial Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Low Tibetan Painted Peony Chest, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This early 20th century Tibetan painted cabinet would have originally been used atop a kang or platform bed, used as a table and storage chest. The low cabinet has a simple rectangul...
Category

Early 20th Century Tibetan Tibetan Furniture

Materials

Wood

"Petite Yellow Cape" by Gordon Chandler
By Gordon Chandler
Located in Chicago, IL
Upon discovering a weathered steel drum that had been warped to resemble the sleeve of a garment, artist Gordon Chandler was inspired to embark on a series of kimono sculptures forme...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Industrial Wall-mounted Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Petite Stone Shakyamuni Buddha Head
Located in Chicago, IL
With closed eyes and a gentle expression, this petite stone Buddha head brings calm and serenity to its surroundings. The hand-carved figure depicts the historic Buddha Shakyamuni, a...
Category

20th Century Chinese Busts

Materials

Stone

Chinese Lacquered Scholars' Shelf, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This striking red and black lacquer bookcase once stood in the center of a traditional Chinese scholars' studio, displaying a collection of books, scrolls, and treasured objects. The...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Shelves

Materials

Elm

Low Chinese Daybed, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand-carved of Chinese northern elmwood (yumu), this 19th-century daybed was once a cornerstone of daily life in a provincial Chinese home. Known as "ta," this style of low-lying day...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Elm

Provincial Chinese Rice Measure, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This rustic container was made over a hundred years ago to measure and hold a dou of rice, an ancient Chinese measurement. The rice measure has a square form with tapered sides and e...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

Materials

Iron

Chinese Enameled Four Seasons Plate, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Painted with overglaze enamels in the famille rose style, this small porcelain dish is decorated with a common motif of four flowers symbolizing the seasons. The lotus represents sum...
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

Reclaimed Elm Square Stool
Located in Chicago, IL
Crafted of wood reclaimed from 18th-century Chinese buildings, this contemporary four-leg square stool is the epitome of farmhouse modern. Embracing the notion of “wabi-sabi,” the lo...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Organic Modern Stools

Materials

Reclaimed Wood

"Feng Shui" Kite by Michael Thompson
By Michael Thompson
Located in Chicago, IL
Chicago-based artist Michael Thompson creates unique kites crafted from split bamboo frames covered with stretched muslin and a collage of vintage Asian ephemera—including fragments ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Contemporary Art

Materials

Silk, Bamboo, Muslin

Chinese Square Burlwood Table, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This square center table dates to the mid-19th century and wonderfully exemplifies Qing-dynasty furniture design. Found at the center of social activity, Chinese square tables such a...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Center Tables

Materials

Wood, Burl

Provincial Chinese Rice Measure, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This rustic container was made over a hundred years ago to measure and hold a dou of rice, an ancient Chinese measurement. The rice measure has a square form with tapered sides and e...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

Materials

Iron

Chinese Tall Back Bamboo Armchair
Located in Chicago, IL
This tall-back bamboo armchair is designed after the traditional 'southern official's hat chair,' defined by high rectangular backs, shortened arm railings, and no protruding crest r...
Category

Late 20th Century Chinese Chinese Chippendale Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Bamboo, Rattan

Large Chinese Market Basket, C. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
It is easy to imagine someone, long ago, walking to market on a summer day with this beautiful basket tucked under their arm. Expertly woven from young willow branches, this large ma...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Rustic Decorative Baskets

Materials

Willow, Bentwood, Bamboo

Chinese Herbal Apothecary Chest, C. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This gorgeous late 19th-century apothecary chest was originally used by a Chinese pharmacy to organize and store herbal medicines. A statement piece brilliantly constructed with mort...
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Apothecary Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Tibetan Painted Tiger Trunk
Located in Chicago, IL
This Tibetan storage chest is richly finished with lacquered hide and iron hardware. The front is hand-painted with a fearsome tiger prowling a lush, mountainous landscape. Considere...
Category

20th Century Tibetan Tibetan Trunks and Luggage

Materials

Iron

Chinese Woven Top Summer Bed, C. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This woven summer daybed dates to the mid-19th century and features a beautiful cypress frame with round corner legs and simple, straight stretchers. The daybed has tightly-woven top...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Daybeds

Materials

Reed, Cypress

Chinese Low Kang Table, C. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
During winter in the colder provinces of China, life revolved around the kang, a heated brick platform that household members would sit or recline upon. Low tables placed atop the ka...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Furniture

Materials

Hardwood

Black Lacquer Splayed Foot Scholars' Table, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
With deceptively simple design, this narrow console table would have been favored by a Chinese scholar for its well-executed curves, gracefully arched like the sweep of a calligraphy...
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Console Tables

Materials

Elm

"Tiny Chrome Kimono" by Gordon Chandler
By Gordon Chandler
Located in Chicago, IL
Upon discovering a weathered steel drum that had been warped to resemble the sleeve of a garment, Atlanta-based artist Gordon Chandler was inspired to embark on a series of kimono sc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Industrial Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Pair of Chinese Silk Lotus Slippers, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
These dainty, pointed slippers, made of cotton and silk embroidered with pink flowers, were shaped to resemble a lotus bud and enhanced the diminutive shape of bound feet. A practice...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Silk

Pair of Chinese Silk Lotus Slippers, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
These dainty, pointed slippers, made of blue silk and embroidered with pink flowers, were shaped to resemble a lotus bud and enhanced the diminutive shape of bound feet. A practice t...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Silk

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