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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.
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Petite Chinese Crackled Meiping Vase
Located in Chicago, IL
This contemporary vase hearkens to the classic meiping form, traditionally used to display flowering plum branches. Contemporary artisans in Zhejiang beautifully recreate the distinc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Vases

Materials

Porcelain

Hand Carved Footed Zhenzhu Stone Basin
Located in Chicago, IL
A clean-lined interpretation of an ancient form, this footed basin was hand carved by artisans in China's Shandong province. It looks as if it were meticulously painted but the mesme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Organic Modern Planters and Jardin...

Materials

Stone

Hand Carved Squared Puddingstone Basin
Located in Chicago, IL
A clean-lined interpretation of an ancient form, this squared basin was hand carved by artisans in China's Shandong province. The rounded interior and finely edged exterior offer an ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Organic Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Stone

Chinese Bent Handle Willow Basket, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Basket making is an ancient and humble craft, but in the hands of a skilled weaver a simple willow basket can become a truly beautiful work of art. This bent handle basket was made i...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic Decorative Baskets

Materials

Willow

Chinese Stone Garlic Mortar, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand carved from a single block of limestone, this round stone vessel is an early 20th century mortar once used daily in a provincial kitchen to grind herbs, spices, and other foods....
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Early 20th Century Chinese Organic Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardin...

Materials

Limestone

Vintage Chinese Vendor Tray, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Simple lines, a modest form, and a layer of hand-brushed lacquer give this shallow Qing-dynasty tray a Provincial charm. A tray like this would have been used by a street vendor to d...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Platters and Serveware

Materials

Elm

Vintage Chinese Vendor Tray, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Simple lines, a modest form, and a layer of hand-brushed lacquer give this shallow Qing-dynasty tray a provincial charm. A tray like this would have been used by a street vendor to d...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Platters and Serveware

Materials

Elm

"NY Blower" Helmet and Jacket Sculpture by Patrick Fitzgerald
By Patrick Fitzgerald
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Industrial Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Paper

"Pulver" Helmet & Jacket Sculpture by Patrick Fitzgerald
By Patrick Fitzgerald
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Industrial Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Paper

"Alliance" Helmet & Jacket Sculpture by Patrick Fitzgerald
By Patrick Fitzgerald
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Industrial Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Paper

Chinese Bent Handle Willow Basket, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Basket making is an ancient and humble craft, but in the hands of a skilled weaver a simple willow basket can become a truly beautiful work of art. This bent handle basket was made i...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic Decorative Baskets

Materials

Willow

Dark Reclaimed Elm Waterfall Console Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Made of wood reclaimed from Qing-dynasty architecture, this contemporary altar table is a celebration of wabi-sabi style. In the spirit of traditional Chinese joinery, the corners ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Organic Modern Console Tables

Materials

Reclaimed Wood

Petite Chinese Seven-Drawer Desk, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This petite elmwood desk charms with its unusual blend of east and west styles. Made in Northern China, the desk dates to the late 19th century, a period that saw great cultural exch...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Elm

Provincial Chinese Guanyin Table Stand, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
For thousands of years, precious Chinese artworks have been elevated for display on fine wooden table stands. Recognized today as works of art in their own right, these display stand...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Furniture

Materials

Elm

Chinese Dark Glazed Soy Vessel, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
As though slicked with oil, a thick blue-black glaze spills over the high shoulders and arched strap handles of this tapered kitchen vessel. The late 19th century ceramic jar was onc...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Jars

Materials

Ceramic

Chinese Xuantong Partner Bench, Dated 1911
Located in Chicago, IL
Designed with the rustic charm of everyday stools, this provincial bench from China's Henan province has an unusual past. Faded characters painted down one of the legs dates the benc...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Furniture

Materials

Elm

Chinese Bai Tea Leaf Container
Located in Chicago, IL
Rendered in a striking white glaze, this contemporary porcelain jar offers a modern take on a Classic form. Lidded jars like these were used in tea shops in China, where tea drinking...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Minimalist Jars

Materials

Porcelain

Chinese Stone Garlic Mortar, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand carved from a single block of limestone, this round stone vessel is an early 20th century mortar once used daily in a provincial kitchen to grind herbs, spices, and other foods....
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

Materials

Limestone

Petite Chinese Crackled Meiping Vase
Located in Chicago, IL
This contemporary vase hearkens to the Classic meiping form, traditionally used to display flowering plum branches. Contemporary artisans in Zhejiang beautifully recreate the distinc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Vases

Materials

Porcelain

Chinese Bent Handle Willow Basket, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Basket making is an ancient and humble craft, but in the hands of a skilled weaver a simple willow basket can become a truly beautiful work of art. This bent handle basket was made i...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic Decorative Baskets

Materials

Willow

Framed Chinese Calligraphy Scroll, circa 1920s
Located in Chicago, IL
Set against a silk brocade backing, this early 20th century paper scroll is brushed with a work of painterly calligraphy. Expressing notions of endurance and moral fortitude, the scr...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

Materials

Paper

Set of Two Burmese Red Lacquer Trays, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Crafted in early 20th century Burma, these round trays are cloaked in layer upon layer of brilliant red-orange cinnabar lacquer. Decorated in a style known as "yun" ware, the lacquer...
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Early 20th Century Burmese More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

Materials

Bamboo

Set of Two Chinese Kitchen Vessels, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Each of these unique early 20th-century vessels was once found in a Qing-dynasty provincial kitchen, used for food storage and preparation. This listing includes the two jars shown ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Set of Five Chinese Reverse Glass Portraits, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Thought to have developed during the Italian Renaissance, reverse glass painting spread throughout Europe and remained popular for centuries afterwards. During the Qing dynasty, Chin...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

Materials

Glass

Chinese Indigo and Copper Underglaze Fish Jar
Located in Chicago, IL
A modern artisan applied the vibrant copper and indigo imagery before firing, a process of under glazing that was developed during the Song dynasty. The finely painted symbols, fish,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Chinese Export Jars

Materials

Porcelain

Chinese Bent Handle Basket, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Basket making is an ancient and humble craft, but in the hands of a skilled weaver a simple willow basket can become a truly beautiful work of art. This bent handle basket is closely...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Baskets

Materials

Bamboo, Willow

Blonde Reclaimed Elm Waterfall Console Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Made of wood reclaimed from Qing-dynasty architecture, this contemporary altar table is a celebration of wabi-sabi style. In the spirit of traditional Chinese joinery, the corners ar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Organic Modern Console Tables

Materials

Reclaimed Wood

Pair of Chinese Iron Clad Benches, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This pair of late 19th century benches are designed in a traditional style that dates back as far as the Song dynasty (690 to 1279 CE). The corner leg benches have floating panel top...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Furniture

Materials

Iron

Ornate Chinese Gilt Incense Box, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This dazzling display of intricate carvings and gilt lacquer is a 19th century box used for dispersing smoke from burning incense. Incense made from dried aromatic plants and essenti...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Sculptures and Carvings

Materials

Elm, Lacquer

Chinese Limestone Melon Drum Stool, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Carved from a solid block of limestone, this drum-form garden stool began its life in China's Shanxi province in the early 20th century. Ribbed and rounded, the stool suggests a melo...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Limestone

Chinese Stone Garlic Mortar, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand carved from a single block of limestone, this round stone vessel is an early 20th century mortar once used daily in a Provincial kitchen to grind herbs, spices, and other foods....
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

Materials

Limestone

Chinese Painted Mantou Basket, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Woven with a delightfully unusual form, this early 20th century basket was originally used to steam mantou buns in a provincial home in Shanxi province. The boat-shaped basket is for...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Baskets

Materials

Paint, Willow

Chinese Poet's Table, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Likely commissioned for his studio, this expansive, early 20th century poet's table offered a scholar ample surface space to draft poetry or practice calligraphy. In order to cultiva...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Dining Room Tables

Materials

Elm

Chinese Butterfly Shadow Stool, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Constructed using mortise-and-tenon joinery, this early 20th century everyday stool from China's Hebei province has a relaxed presence and balanced form. Three round legs support a f...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Stools

Materials

Walnut

Chinese Stone Garlic Mortar, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand carved from a single block of limestone, this round stone vessel is an early 20th century mortar once used daily in a Provincial kitchen to grind herbs, spices, and other foods....
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Organic Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardin...

Materials

Limestone

Pre-Columbian Redware Vessel with Face
Located in Chicago, IL
Exhibiting a rich patina, this petite redware vessel shows many telltale signs of Pre-Columbian pottery. Speckled with imperfections, the vessel's warm red-orange coloration was achi...
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Antique 15th Century and Earlier Central American Pre-Columbian Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Chinese Stone Garlic Mortar, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand carved from a single block of limestone, this round stone vessel is an early 20th century mortar once used daily in a Provincial kitchen to grind herbs, spices, and other foods....
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

Materials

Limestone

Hand Carved Footed Zhenzhu Stone Basin
Located in Chicago, IL
A clean-lined interpretation of an ancient form, this footed basin was hand carved by artisans in China's Shandong province. The mesmerizing pattern of zhenzhu is inherent to the sto...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Organic Modern Planters and Jardin...

Materials

Stone

Chinese Silk Tassel with Striped Jade Disc
Located in Chicago, IL
Chinese knotted tassels are used to add elegance to everyday items and bring good fortune wherever they're placed. Fine tassels hold sentimental value, and are often passed down thro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

Materials

Jade

Burmese Red Lacquer Tray, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Crafted in early 20th century Burma, this round tray is cloaked in layer upon layer of brilliant red-orange cinnabar lacquer. Decorated in a style known as "yun" ware, the lacquer fi...
Category

Early 20th Century Burmese More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

Materials

Bamboo

Burmese Red Lacquer Tray, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Crafted in early 20th century Burma, this round tray is cloaked in layer upon layer of brilliant red-orange cinnabar lacquer. Decorated in a style known as "yun" ware, the lacquer fi...
Category

Early 20th Century Burmese More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

Materials

Bamboo

Chinese Stone Garlic Mortar, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand carved from a single block of limestone, this round stone vessel is an early 20th century mortar once used daily in a provincial kitchen to grind herbs, spices, and other foods....
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

Materials

Limestone

Chinese Folk Carved Panel, circa 19th Century
Located in Chicago, IL
Dated to the 19th century, this flat wooden panel is curiously etched with geometric patterns and dense triangle-work. Its original use remains unknown, perhaps it was a divination t...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

Materials

Wood

Chinese Folk Carved Panel, circa 19th Century
Located in Chicago, IL
Dated to the 19th century, this flat wooden panel is curiously etched with geometric patterns, simple leaf motifs, and a triangle-work border. Its original use remains unknown - perh...
Category

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

Materials

Wood

Pair of Chinese Two Person Benches, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Dated to the early 20th century, these square corner benches from China's Hebei province have clean lines and balanced proportions. Each bench was constructed of mortise-and-tenon jo...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Benches

Materials

Elm

Chinese Stone Garlic Mortar, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand carved from a single block of limestone, this round stone vessel is an early 20th century mortar once used daily in a provincial kitchen to grind herbs, spices, and other foods....
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

Materials

Limestone

Chinese Literati Tea Tray, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This petite 19th century tray reflects the Qing-dynasty literati's taste for fine materials and balanced proportions. Once used to serve tea or hold scholarly implements, the tray is...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects

Materials

Hardwood

Ming Steel Console Table by Jim Rose
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 Console Tables

Materials

Steel

Ming Steel Offering Table by Jim Rose
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 Console Tables

Materials

Steel

Pair of Chinese Tea Shop Benches, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Dated to the early 20th century, these square corner benches from China's Shanxi province have crisp, clean lines and balanced proportions. Decorative oblong cutouts form the aprons,...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Furniture

Materials

Elm

Pair of Chinese Lotus Stools, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Deceptively simple, these early 20th century stools from Hebei province show off the ingenious joinery methods traditionally used by Chinese carpenters. The stool's three splayed leg...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Furniture

Materials

Elm

Chinese Red Lacquer Hide Headrest, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Crafted of painted, lacquered hide, this extraordinary headrest was created in China's Jiangxi province over 150 years ago. Its pliable design enabled contour comfort - quite luxurio...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Mounted Objects

Materials

Hide

Ming Bronze Seated Buddha, circa 1600
Located in Chicago, IL
Dated to the late Ming dynasty, this 17th century bronze figure depicts the historical Buddha, known also as Shaka, Shakyamuni, or Siddhartha Gautama. Seated upon a double lotus base...
Category

Antique 17th Century Chinese Ming Sculptures and Carvings

Materials

Bronze

Chinese Iron Star Stool, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This 19th century stool from China's Shanxi province charms with its top-heavy form and fantastic texture. As evidenced by the many blade marks on its round top, this robust stool wa...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Stools

Materials

Elm

Chinese Ruyi Calligrapher's Table, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Known as a calligrapher’s table, this expansive 19th century table offered a scholar ample surface space to paint or practice calligraphy. In order to cultivate uncluttered and inspi...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Dining Room Tables

Materials

Elm

Chinese Walnut Table Altar, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Crafted in Shanxi province in the early 20th century, this wide, three-drawer chest was once used as a home altar for ancestor worship. The plank top surface is framed by everted end...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Chinese Lola Benches, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Dated to the early 20th century, these provincial benches from China's Hebei province feature a plank-top two-person seat supported by splayed round legs with double stretcher bars. ...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic Benches

Materials

Elm

Provincial Chinese Full Moon Stool, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Deceptively simple, this early 20th century stool from Hebei province shows off the ingenious joinery methods traditionally used by Chinese carpenters. The stool's three splayed legs...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Stools

Materials

Elm

Provincial Full Moon Stool, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Deceptively simple, this early 20th century stool from Hebei province shows off the ingenious joinery methods traditionally used by Chinese carpenters. The stool's three splayed legs...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Stools

Materials

Elm

Nan Yang Stone Basin
Located in Chicago, IL
Shaped from stone sourced from the Nanyang region of China's southern coast, this colorful stone basin swirls with a gorgeous pattern of orange, pink, and grey strata. Carved with an...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Organic Modern Stone Sinks

Materials

Stone