Part II: Fine Asian Works of Art:
Sydney, Monday 12 December 2016
“The beauty of these pieces lies in their anonymity. Their creators weren't the celebrated artists we see today, they were artisans, often working for a rice bowl.”
Like so many collectors, Raphy Star did not intentionally set out to collect. In his own words, he simply bought what appealed to him. He admired the refined aesthetic of Asian Art, in particular, the quiet, reflective beauty of Buddhist Art, but also the subtle ceramics of the Song Dynasty and Scholars Objects.
In a journey lasting over thirty years he formed a remarkable and diverse collection which spans the breadth of Asia, from China to Vietnam, Afghanistan, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Nepal and Tibet, following in the footsteps of Buddha.
It was not until the early '80s that he began collecting seriously and became part of what he calls a 'collecting community', attending auctions in London, New York and Paris and meeting with well-known antique dealers, during which time he has said, ‘collecting became something of an addiction.’
On selling this part of his collection Raphy Star has said, "I'm a collector. The thrill is in the chase. I have been lucky enough to enjoy these pieces for many years but it is time for me to change direction. Life is about chapters, and it is time for a new one in mine. I hope that others will get as much enjoyment out of these pieces as I have.”