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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. 


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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Art as an Investment

It is reasonable to say that people are more open minded today about non-traditional investments than in the past.  Stocks and bonds will always be important but continuing regular financial crises have resulted in the belief that paper investments are not as secure or as stable as we all thought they should be. 

Investors are today diversifying more of their net worth into hard assets with tangible value.  Examples include such physical goods as gold, gems, real estate and oil tankers that can act as a hedge against disruptive financial markets.  Art is one particularly interesting example of such as an asset. 

While stocks can pay dividends if companies earn profits, they can also collapse to nothing if the company goes broke. Hard assets like diamonds and Chinese vases dont provide an income stream but they also dont go bankrupt. And, while their prices might deflate from time to time, you and your friends can still enjoy them anytime. 


Prestige is an Asset?


The key difference that separates art from virtually all other investment assets is the subtle quality we will call prestige. For people in positions of leadership in our society, owning works of art can be a powerful but understated way of demonstrating a commitment to human achievement that transcends time. 

Such displays have been improving peoples success in their dealings with others since the dawn of civilization and some would say that much of the worlds great art work has been created with this in mind. As an owner of art, the collector takes on the very real responsibility as a keeper and protector of a part of human culture and accomplishment, and it is not to be taken lightly.

It is this enduring quality that elevates art far above more profane assets acquired purely for profit. Government bonds, growth stocks and limited partnerships -- important as they are -- seem mundane, and even crass, by comparison. 


But Can I Actually Make Money from Art?

Various studies have shown conclusively that art provides similar returns to equities over the long term. One of the most often quoted studies by professors of the Stern School of Business in New York University showed returns within 0.5% of the S&P 500. Art is a more risky investment (as measured by the variability of returns) but it has consistently outperformed bonds and gold.  And, its returns are often negatively correlated to financial investments -- it is good for diversification, in other words.  
Being a long-term investment, art seems suitable for long-term investors like pension funds and life-insurance companies. One of many examples of success was the British Rail Pension Fund that invested 40m in 2,400 works of art beginning in the mid-1970`s. The collection was gradually liquidated by the 1990's and yielded an average annual return of 13% -- respectable by any measure. 




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