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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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Scientific Analysis


Most authentication of ancient Ceramics is done by collectors themselves (ideally with the help of other knowledgeable collectors) or by professional authenticators. 

Scientific techniques to verify ancient Ceramics exist but are not widely used at this time. One big reason has to do with the cost -- it is usually an expensive process. 



Thermo-Luminescence (TL)
Thermo-Luminescence (TL) is the most well known analysis method of ancient Ceramics. The main negative is that the process demands the removal of a large amount of material to be drilled out of the piece which is certainly a cause of concern. 
Recently, reports have surfaced that counterfeit producers have caught up to the technique. It is alleged that they can mimic the TL age of ancient pieces using simple hospital x-ray machines to fool scientific authenticators.  



Spectrum Analysis

Spectrum analysis is another technique that is used for authentication of ancient Ceramics.  However, gossip is that forgers have also figured out how deceive technicians by adding trace minerals to their pieces.  
Another problem is that Jingdezhen, the ancient center of Chinese Porcelain production, is today a popular location for the production of fakes. The kaolin clay available is therefore chemically identical (or very close) to that used to create most of China's Porcelain over the past 6 or so centuries. 




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