The Robert Ellsworth Collection to be offered at Christie’s New York Asian Art Week


NEW YORK, NY.- On March 22, Christie’s will present the sale of Luminous Perfection: Fine Chinese Mirrors from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection. Prominent dealer, collector, and author Robert H. Ellsworth is a legendary figure in the field of Asian art. He began to collect Chinese bronze mirrors more than sixty years ago when there were relatively few references available to him. Regardless, Ellsworth was able to amass a superb collection of rare and important mirrors that span more than 2,000 years from the Warring States period (475-221 BC) through the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Comprising 70 lots, the sale is expected to realize in excess of $1.2 million and will be led by a magnificent and exceptionally rare silvery bronze octalobed mirror with cranes from the Tang dynasty (618-907) (estimate: $100,000-150,000). Fashioned from a high tin-content bronze to produce a bright, silvery patina, these mirrors ofte