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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 Western Europe,

if you can afford it.

Europe has traded with China and the rest of Asia for centuries.Many of the coastal countries of Europe such as Britain, Sweden and the Netherlands have engaged in centuries of maritime trade with Asian countries. They have been buying and selling Chinese Porcelain and (less so) Stoneware Ceramics for dozens of generations.  The trade in "Chinese white gold" is an important part of their illustrious history and remains a source of great pride even today. 


As a result, there is a deep knowledge of and appreciation for ancient Chinese Ceramic Art and it is possible to collect through experienced and knowledgeable sources.  


As well, northern Europeans are generally cautious (and pleasant) people with great repugnance for counterfeit art.  Reputable dealers will generally stand behind what they sell and are usually sincere in their trade.  As a result, artefacts acquired from such people and the main auction houses are usually authentic.  

European trade with Asia began during the 16th century during the Ming dynasty era and continued through the Qing dynasty and republic eras.  Therefore, most Chinese Ceramics available are Blue and White Porcelain (high-fired white Ceramics with cobalt blue decoration under a transparent glaze) and multi-coloured Porcelain of the Qing dynasty.  


Earlier styles such as Whiteware Ceramics (such as Qingbai and Dingware) of the Sung dynasty and other eras are not as common for the simple reason that no one from Europe traveled to Asia during the time when they were being produced.  Therefore, be wary of anyone who says he has lots of ancient Chinese whiteware that was previously owned by a little old lady who inherited from a great-great grandparent.  

For collectors, the only downside to the happy situation in Europe is the cost.  Pieces acquired in these countries are expensive. 




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