The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth

Christie’s is honored to present an international exhibition tour and auction series featuring the Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, a distinguished American scholar, dealer and collector whose groundbreaking work transformed the study and appreciation of Asian art.

Few individuals have made such an invaluable contribution to the study and appreciation of Asian art in the West than the collector, dealer, and scholar Robert Hatfield Ellsworth. Embracing ancient bronzes and Ming furniture, fine jade, modern Chinese painting, and Himalayan, Indian, and Southeast Asian works of art, Ellsworth was fully immersed in every facet of the Asian art historical canon, in addition to being a skilled and passionate collector of English furniture, silver and decorative arts.

Ellsworth’s prolific contributions mark him as one of the last true connoisseur-dealers, and his brilliance, passion and expertise is embodied in his personal collection, one of the greatest assemblages of Asian art in the history of collecting.

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