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The focus of The Chalre Collection is Chinese and Asian Tradeware Ceramics -- in other words, Ceramics that were traded throughout Asia. Tradeware Ceramics (Porcelain, Stoneware and Earthenware) tell the story of how the peoples of Asia forged social and commercial ties with each other during ancient times. 


Of the many thousands of traded items over the centuries,  Ceramics is the only one durable enough to have survived into modern times to give us a record of Asia's past. 


The Ceramic Art collection of Chalre Associates came about through the efforts of the firm's principals, Rebecca Bustamante and Richard Mills.  It is their intention that a significant portion of The Chalre Collection become property of a museum foundation or other public body in the future. 


In creating the collection, major recognition must be given to Jose (Joe) Yusef Makmak for his considerable support and friendship.  Our thoughts are with Joe, formerly a prominent ceramic antiquities dealer in Philippines, who passed away in 2008.   




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Rust Spots


All Ceramics are constructed of clay, an earthen material of tiny-grained minerals.  Being a natural substance, it usually has small amounts of impurities.  One of these that is useful to collectors is iron.  Over a long period of time, iron moves to the surface of ceramic objects and forms little dark specks.  The iron becomes oxidized when it comes into contact with air and appears brownish or even black. 
Rust Spots on Chinese Blue and White PorcelainRust spots are helpful to collectors since they require centuries to develop and their presence can be an indicator of age.  They are easiest to see on Porcelain since the base material is usually white. 
Rust spots seem more common on 'Blue and White' Porcelain of the Ming era since these older pieces have been around long enough for rust spotting to develop.  As well, there seems to have been more impurities in the clay used during that ancient time. Rust spots can also be seen on more recent multi-coloured Porcelain of the Qing dynasty but is less common.
It is possible to fake the rust spot effect but it is not yet commonly done perhaps since it is difficult to do effectively.  Most imitated rust spots are easy to identify by people who have seen pieces with the natural effect.

See more examples of rust spotting below from pieces of the Chalre Collection. 




Rust Spots on Chinese Blue and White Porcelain



Rust Spots on Chinese Celadon Ceramic



Rust Spots on Chinese Blue and White Porcelain



Rust Spots on Chinese Blue and White Porcelain




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