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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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Tiny Teal Jacket
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 Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Magnolia
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 fragment...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Figurative Paintings

Materials

Muslin, Silk, Wood

Asymmetric Kimono
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 Modern Mixed Media

Materials

Steel

Dancing Til Dawn
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 fragment...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media

Materials

Wood, Muslin, Silk

Disc Jacket
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 Modern Mixed Media

Materials

Steel

Chinese Reverse Glass Chrysanthemum Still Life, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This colorful floral still life is a charming example of Chinese reverse glass painting. Popularized during the Qing dynasty, reverse glass painting requires an artist to essentially...
Category

Early 20th Century Qing Still-life Paintings

Materials

Glass, Mirror, Paint, Pigment

Yellow Box Kimono
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 Modern Mixed Media

Materials

Steel

Chinese Reverse Glass Floral Still Life, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This colorful floral still life is a charming example of Chinese reverse glass painting. Popularized during the Qing dynasty, reverse glass painting requires an artist to essentially...
Category

Early 20th Century Qing Still-life Paintings

Materials

Mirror, Paint, Pigment, Glass

Blue Kimono
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 Modern Mixed Media

Materials

Steel

Chinese Reverse Glass Grapevine Still Life, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This colorful floral still life is a charming example of Chinese reverse glass painting. Popularized during the Qing dynasty, reverse glass painting requires an artist to essentially...
Category

Early 20th Century Qing Still-life Paintings

Materials

Mirror, Glass, Paint, Pigment

Yellow Stag
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 Modern Mixed Media

Materials

Steel

Chinese Reverse Glass Painting of Scholars' Objects, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This colorful floral still life is a charming example of Chinese reverse glass painting. Popularized during the Qing dynasty, reverse glass painting requires an artist to essentially...
Category

19th Century Qing Still-life Paintings

Materials

Glass, Mirror, Paint

Yellow Kimono
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 Modern Mixed Media

Materials

Steel

Chinese Reverse Glass Peony Still Life, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This colorful floral still life is a charming example of Chinese reverse glass painting. Popularized during the Qing dynasty, reverse glass painting requires an artist to essentially...
Category

Early 20th Century Qing Still-life Paintings

Materials

Glass, Paint, Pigment

Chinese Folk Drawing of Mythical Qilin, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautifully detailed and masterfully painted, this painting dating from the turn of the 20th century centers its expressive composition upon a rondel of Chinese symbols. Representing...
Category

Mid-19th Century Qing Animal Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Cotton, Wood, Ink

Vintage Deco Fashion Advertisement, c. 1920
Located in Chicago, IL
In tandem with a growing number of newspapers and periodicals, print advertising proliferated during China’s Republic Era. A bathing beauty is the star attraction of this print ad fr...
Category

1920s Art Deco Figurative Prints

Materials

Paper, Ink

Chinese Painted Panel of Leopard Hunt, c. 1970
Located in Chicago, IL
Created in the 1970s just as China was beginning its ascent as a global economic force, this painted panel based on a mythological tale seems to foretell the nation’s strength and po...
Category

Late 20th Century Qing Animal Paintings

Materials

Lacquer, Paint, Wood Panel

Missing ASANOHA Pattern and Floating Flower
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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary More Art

Materials

Marble

Study for Tarantula Nebula
By Jan Pieter Fokkens
Located in Chicago, IL
Entitled "Study for Tarantula Nebula," this painting by Chicago-based artist Jan Pieter Fokkens offers a representation of the gigantic star-forming region of the same name. Located ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Geometric Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Storm Grasses
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 fragment...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Paintings

Materials

Wood, Ink, Rice Paper, Pigment

Abstraction in Cobalt
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 Abstract Abstract Paintings

Materials

Muslin, Wood, Silk, Pigment

Grey Popoki
Located in Chicago, IL
This colorful serigraph beautifully captures the painting "Grey Popoki" by Hawai'i based artist Pegge Hopper, originally painted in 1985 as a work of oil on canvas. Depicting a recli...
Category

20th Century Modern Figurative Prints

Materials

Paper, Ink

A Wheel Stopper
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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary More Art

Materials

Marble

Waiting for the Time
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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract More Art

Materials

Marble

Carved Architectural Fragment, 19th Century
Located in Chicago, IL
This antique architectural fragment beautifully exemplifies the textured wear and soft patina that only time can achieve. Given its cusped arch shape and flame-like corners, the pane...
Category

19th Century Abstract Mixed Media

Materials

Lacquer, Pigment, Wood

Embroidered Baby Carrier, 19th Century Dong Minority Textile
Located in Chicago, IL
The connection between love and embroidery is nowhere stronger than among the minority peoples of China. Hand-stitched by a mother herself or gifted by the women in her family, the b...
Category

Mid-19th Century Folk Art Mixed Media

Materials

Silk, Thread

Three Starlets, Vintage Chinese Republic Period Advertisement
Located in Chicago, IL
In tandem with the growing number of newspapers and periodicals, advertisements proliferated during China’s Republic era. Mixing Western and traditional visual styles, this early 20t...
Category

1920s Art Deco Figurative Prints

Materials

Paper, Ink

Love and Lotus Boys, Chinese Folk Painting, 19th Century
Located in Chicago, IL
Drawn with a fine line and fresh, sketched quality, this folk hanging unites two scenes of lucky hoho lotus boys circumscribed in frames punctuated with fruits such as pomegranate, s...
Category

Mid-19th Century Qing Figurative Paintings

Materials

Fabric, Linen, Wood, Ink

Japanese Festival Folding Screen, Edo Period, 18th Century
Located in Chicago, IL
This 18th-century folding screen is a stunning example of Japanese artistry. Beautifully painted with delicate brushwork, the evocative screen depicts a lively festival during the Ed...
Category

Mid-18th Century Edo Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paper, Ink, Pigment

Tibetan Thangka of Vaishravana
Located in Chicago, IL
Thangkas are devotional paintings displayed by Buddhists in monasteries, temples, and even their homes. This 19th-century Tibetan Thangka is rich with historical figures and symbolis...
Category

Mid-19th Century Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Pigment, Fabric

Four Immortals, Chinese Screen Paintings, 19th Century
Located in Chicago, IL
Since the 12th century people in China have used folding screens and doors to partition and decorate their homes—the vivid scenes backing the screens added life and color to a room. ...
Category

Mid-19th Century Qing Figurative Paintings

Materials

Fabric, Ink, Gouache

Chinese Ancestor Portrait
Located in Chicago, IL
This intricately detailed composition is a late-Qing dynasty ancestor portrait depicting several generations of a family's male ancestry. Originally accompanied by a matching portrai...
Category

Late 19th Century Qing Figurative Paintings

Materials

Fabric, Silk, Paint, Pigment

Magpies and Pomegranates, Chinese Painted Panel, 19th Century
Located in Chicago, IL
Its orange border still impressively vibrant, this 19th-century painted wood panel from northern China depicts a scene full of traditional Chinese symbolism. Surrounded by warriors p...
Category

Mid-19th Century Folk Art Figurative Paintings

Materials

Wood, Lacquer, Paint

Fante Asafo Flag
Located in Chicago, IL
Displayed at festivals and ceremonies, this vibrant flag was created by the Fante people of Ghana to represent a particular military company. These groups, known as Asafo, can be fou...
Category

Mid-20th Century Folk Art Mixed Media

Materials

Cotton, Thread, Dye

The People People 5
Located in Chicago, IL
In this series entitled "The People People," Tracy Crump uses washes of grey, white and aqua to both conceal and reveal sensitively drawn figures. Each figure stands alone as an indi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Outsider Art Figurative Drawings and Water...

Materials

Paper, Ink, Acrylic, Watercolor

Victorian Soiree
Located in Chicago, IL
Liverpool-based artist Pauline Hughes takes a fluid approach to her ceramic practice, combining aspects of painting, collage, and printmaking into her works. This lovely mixed-media ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Mixed Media

Materials

Ceramic, Paper, Acrylic

Get a Load
Located in Chicago, IL
Bald and chunky, Esther Shimazu’s quirky clay figures are unabashedly naked and delightfully indulgent. Drawing up on her Japanese ancestry and experience living in a laid-back Asian...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Stoneware

500 Brushstrokes #42
By Wu Jian'an
Located in Chicago, IL
In the hands of Wu Jian’an, the traditional Chinese medium of paper-cut becomes a means of exploring an idiosyncratic range of iconographic source material culled from all over the w...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Abstract Paintings

Materials

Rice Paper, Paper, Ink

Wild Wood
Located in Chicago, IL
In this exquisite painting, Ren Hui celebrates the beauty of nature using a style that he calls “uncomplicated and honest.” Entitled "Wild Wood," this beautifully patterned compositi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pointillist Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Xizhimen, Haidian District, Beijing
By Sze Tsung Leong
Located in Chicago, IL
Part of his "History Images" series, this framed print by photographer Sze Tsung Leong records a construction site in Beijing, one of many Chinese citites undergoing rapid change. En...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Landscape Photography

Materials

Photographic Paper

Rainbow Cloud - Floating
By Wu Jian'an
Located in Chicago, IL
In the hands of Wu Jian’an, the traditional Chinese medium of paper-cut becomes a means of exploring an idiosyncratic range of iconographic source material culled from all over the w...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media

Materials

Paper

Clouded VI
Located in Chicago, IL
In the series “Clouded,” Toyoharu Kii honors the fullness of life and its continual rebirth. In some works, white tesserae assume abstract profiles. In others, irregular shapes conta...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary More Art

Materials

Marble

Four Banjara Embroidered Pouches
Located in Chicago, IL
These folk textiles are vintage embroidered envelope pouches made by Banjara weavers of Rajasthan, India. These small bags date to the early 20th century and were used for carrying t...
Category

Early 20th Century Folk Art Mixed Media

Materials

Cotton, Thread, Mixed Media

Scholars' Treasures, Chinese Screen Painting Fragment
Located in Chicago, IL
A scroll and a small lantern depicted in this 19th-century painting suggest the romantic notion of a Chinese scholar painting in the evening hours. Remarkably vivid, this painting wa...
Category

Mid-19th Century Qing Still-life Paintings

Materials

Silk, Ink, Pigment

Buddha Flanked by Female Attendants, Chinese Gouache Mural, Ming dynasty
Located in Chicago, IL
This rare mural was painted in China over four centuries ago, and is an exquisite example of Buddhist art. The enlightened Buddha is shown standing at the center of the painting, dre...
Category

Early 17th Century Ming Figurative Paintings

Materials

Wood, Gouache

Miniature Erotic Pillow Book
Located in Chicago, IL
Erotically themed pillow books were often given to newlyweds in China as "how-to" manuals. Miniature in size, the books could be kept discreetly close at hand, stashed under couple’s...
Category

Early 20th Century Qing Nude Prints

Materials

Ink, Rice Paper

Rock-Ola Car
Located in Chicago, IL
Chicago-based artist Patrick Fitzgerald uses his works as a means of resurrecting the idyllic worlds he once found in the industrial surroundings of his youth. Raised in Grand Rapids...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Outsider Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Paper, Mixed Media, Oil, Acrylic

Clouded 20.26
Located in Chicago, IL
In the series “Clouded,” Toyoharu Kii honors the fullness of life and its continual rebirth. In some works, white tesserae assume abstract profiles. In others, irregular shapes conta...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary More Art

Materials

Marble

Still Life of Fruit and Flowers, French Impressionist Oil Painting
Located in Chicago, IL
This impressionist still life by French painter Léon Garraud depicts a table set with a plate of peaches and a vase of pink peonies and delicate white flowers. The warm palette of or...
Category

Early 20th Century Impressionist Still-life Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

168,000 Pinpricks
By Fu Xiaotong
Located in Chicago, IL
Fu Xiatong is a Beijing based artist who has achieved wide acclaim for her remarkable works of hand-made Xuan paper repeatedly perforated with a needle. In her early works, images of...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media

Materials

Rice Paper

Tree Talk
Located in Chicago, IL
Entitled "Tree Talk," this exquisite painting by Chinese artist Ren Hui celebrates the beauty of nature with an abstracted view of a tangle of tree branches. Using a style he calls “...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pointillist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

500 Brushstrokes #44
By Wu Jian'an
Located in Chicago, IL
In the hands of Wu Jian’an, the traditional Chinese medium of paper-cut becomes a means of exploring an idiosyncratic range of iconographic source material culled from all over the w...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

Materials

Ink, Rice Paper

Xi Shitoupo Xiang, Pingyao, Shanxi Province
By Sze Tsung Leong
Located in Chicago, IL
This evocative photograph is part of a series created by artist Sze Tsung Nicolas Leong that explore China’s complicated relationship with its ancient past and anticipated future. In...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Landscape Photography

Materials

C Print

Accumulated Roads
Located in Chicago, IL
In the mosaic “Accumulated Roads,” Toyoharu Kii describes the futility of man’s attempts to traverse and tame nature. The work portrays a tangle of once carefully aligned tesserea pa...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media

Materials

Marble

It's Like This
Located in Chicago, IL
Bald and chunky, Esther Shimazu’s quirky clay figures are unabashedly naked and delightfully indulgent. Drawing up on her Japanese ancestry and experience living in a laid-back Asian...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Stoneware, Porcelain

Clouded I
Located in Chicago, IL
In the series “Clouded,” Toyoharu Kii honors the fullness of life and its continual rebirth. In some works, white tesserae assume abstract profiles. In others, irregular shapes conta...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary More Art

Materials

Marble

Study for SWEEPS
By Jan Pieter Fokkens
Located in Chicago, IL
The colorful paintings of Jan Pieter Fokkens transport us to distant worlds beyond our comprehension. Within seemingly infinite networks of lines, dots, and crosses, he decodes the r...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Canvas, Ink

Blue Print Blue
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 Abstract Abstract Paintings

Materials

Muslin, Wood, Ink, Watercolor, Rice Paper

Reverse Glass Portrait of a Young Woman
Located in Chicago, IL
With exquisite detail and sparkling color, this portrait of a young woman is a remarkable example of reverse glass painting. Lending the finished work a subtle three-dimensional effe...
Category

Early 20th Century Qing Portrait Paintings

Materials

Glass, Paint

Tibetan Thangka of Chenresi
Located in Chicago, IL
In Buddhist Tibet, patrons and monks commissioned thangka art, or sacred painting, to focus their meditations and prayers. Painted with blue, orange, and red pigments, this 19th-cent...
Category

Early 19th Century Figurative Paintings

Materials

Fabric, Silk, Pigment

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