Antique Pagoda Lanterns
Antique Pagoda Lanterns are original lanterns in the oriental tiered 'pagoda' style.

Brief history and description

Pagoda lanterns feature a design which is inspired by a "pagoda," a tier-towered design that was commonly used for religious places of worship in Asia, India or Nepal (such as Taoist houses or Buddhist temples).

The origins of the pagoda architectural design dates back to as far back as the 3rd century BC, however, pagoda lanterns can be traced back to as early as the Edo period in Japan, and were originally placed outdoors or in Japanese gardens.

Pagoda lanterns can also be made from a variety of different materials, such as lava stone, concrete, fiberstone, resin, metal, brass or copper, and can also come in a variety of different styles as well (such as a large pagoda lantern/statue or a small hanging pagoda lantern).

Guide for collectors

Antique Oriental-style pagoda lanterns that were manufactured in China or Japan are considered to be both rare and valuable among collectors. Pagoda lanterns which date back to as far back as the Edo period (circa 1600s to 1800s) are considered to be the most rare and valuable.

Restoration of an antique pagoda lantern is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring an antique pagoda lantern may decrease its value.


Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a pair of bronze pagoda lanterns from the Edo-period in Japan for $30,000 in April of 2007.

A Cloissone pagoda-form garden lantern is worth as much as $1,800.

A Chinese brass pagoda lantern (circa 19th century) is worth around $700.

An Oriental garden lantern with a pagoda top and an illuminated jewelled and tiled base (circa early 20th century) is worth around $600.

Great American Auction in Poughkeepsie, New York sold an Oriental garden lantern with a pagoda top (circa early 20th century) for $1,000 in February of 2007.

Butterscotch Auction Gallery in Pound Ridge, New York sold:

  • An antique carved pagoda stone garden lantern with a candle holder for $800 in July of 2009.
  • A Chinese carved-stone garden lantern with a separate pagoda roof for $2,000 in July of 2008.

Millea Bros Ltd in Madison, New York sold a pair of Chinoiserie green tole pagoda-form lanterns (circa 20th century) for $1,400 in May of 2009.

Sloans & Kenyon in Chevy Chase, Maryland sold a pair of Chinese grey stone pagoda-form lanterns (circa 1900) for $950 in June of 2005.

(All values based on auction results from

See also

Main article: Antiques

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