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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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Buy in Emerging Asian Countries,

if you can endure it.

Probably the least obvious region to buy Chinese (and other Asian) Ceramics is in the less developed countries of Southeast Asia. To understand the reasons behind this, it is important to first understand the history of the region. 
Trade networks have existed for the past thousand years in Asia.  Trade within Southeast Asia has existed since the Han dynasty (25BC - 220AD) and has continued with some interruptions -- to this day. Silk and cotton fabrics, advanced metal weapons and tools, and elegant Porcelain and Stoneware Ceramics are a few of the multitude of luxury goods from China that were traded over the 2,000 year period. 
The tribal kings and other elite of countries like Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam had great desire for advanced Chinese goods. In addition, the sizeable communities of Chinese emigrants that developed over the centuries also naturally had desire for high-quality Ceramics and other products from their homeland. 
Of all the goods traded, Porcelain and other glazed Ceramics are today considered foremost among these for the simple reason that they are the only ones that survived.  Ceramics can emerge in mint condition despite being buried for centuries underwater or underground -- unlike virtually all other traded goods and art mediums. We would have lost much of our understanding of ancient Asian civilizations had they chose a less durable material for their art. 
Chinese (and other Asian) ceramic items were revered by the people of Southeast Asia and given almost holy status. As a result, more of it has survived to the present day than in China itself. Porcelain, Celadon and other glazed Ceramics were handed down from generation to generation or enclosed in tombs. Artefacts were also preserved in the many shipwrecks that occurred over the centuries in the regions violent tropical storms.
Trading ships frequently sank during tropical storms in ancient times.As a result of its history, many countries in Southeast Asia developed an inventory of ancient Porcelain, Stoneware and even attractive Earthenware Ceramics that can be acquired by modern collectors. 
This situation is made better for collectors since these countries have not (until recently) been an export destination for dealers in Chinese fakes.  
Further, countries like Indonesia and Philippines never developed indigenous glazed Ceramics traditions and so there are fewer potters with the skills to be able to make modern fakes. 


Thailand and Vietnam, on the other hand, did develop the skills to produce glazed and intricately decorated Porcelain and Stoneware. This was probably the result of Chinese potters who relocated to the countries.  As a result, modern fakes are more common in these 2 countries since some can be produced locally. 
The downside to this mainly happy situation is that collecting Ceramic Art in emerging countries is difficult.  A lot of time and tremendous aggravation is required to find reputable dealers and price negotiations are convoluted and painful.  And finally, Chinese fakes are starting to appear in shop windows in greater numbers and the authentic pieces remaining will almost certainly soon be overwhelmed with them.  




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