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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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Whats the big deal about pots and jars? 

"When people in the west think of art, they usually think of decorative wall pictures -- usually painted canvas.  In Asia, decorated Ceramics has always been the most important medium for art." 


Doesnt pottery break easily?

"Compared to almost all art mediums, Ceramics is remarkably durable.  Ceramic artifacts can emerge in mint condition despite being buried for centuries underwater or underground.  Given that the art tradition in China is probably 1,000 years older than that of the west, we would have lost much of our understanding of ancient Asian civilizations had less durable materials been used for their art.  Substances like canvas, wood and even most metals have difficulty surviving long periods without severe degradation." 



What is the difference between imperial and tradeware ceramics?

"Imperial Ceramics are those produced for the court of the emperor of China or for his various government officials, military commanders and so on. Such Porcelain was produced on a grand scale and a lot of it found its way into Southeast Asia either as trade goods or imperial gifts to vassal kings. Such works of art were produced to the specific and exacting tastes of the Chinese emperors court. 
Tradeware ceramics, on the other hand, were designed to meet the tastes and requirements of the kings and other elite of Southeast Asia who were not quite so particular as those of China.  As well, tradeware was often more sturdily constructed in order to survive the long voyages across the treacherous south China seas."


How can I learn just enough about Ceramic Art to impress my friends?

"You could start with the basic information on this website.  Read over the Ceramic History and Ceramic Types sections from the main menu a few times and look at some examples of ceramic styles.  It won't take long before you can tell the difference between a Blue and White and a Celadon.  In most cases, this will be enough to impress your friends with your worldly knowledge." 


What is The Chalre Collection?

"The Chalre Collection is one of the largest non-institutional collections of Tradeware Ceramics in Southeast Asian. Most of the artifacts are between 500 and 1500 years old and cover a wide range of ceramic styles.  The Chalre Collection was accumulated by the principals of the senior management executive search firm of Chalre Associates.  It is intended to become part of a museum or other public body at some point in the future."

Are there any fakes in your collection?

"It is said that most of the world's great art collections have a few fakes in them.  The curators of The Chalre Collection expend a lot of effort to ensure its pieces are authentic. Much ongoing work is taken for research into its collection and additions to it. That said, we are not so arrogant as to assume that every single piece is completely authentic but we feel are confident that there aren't many."

Where do your pieces come from?

"In both quality and quantity, the Chinese have always been the most enthusiastic producers of Ceramic Art.  Over the centuries, Chinese potters and decorators emigrated to other countries especially Vietnam and Thailand and took along with them the skills required to produce high-quality Ceramic arts.  It is thought this was how the high-end Ceramic Art was spread throughout Southeast Asia.  


The Chalre Collection tries to mirror the natural proportion of pieces that were produced over the centuries by various countries.  The majority of our artifacts are Chinese in origin with lesser numbers from Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines and elsewhere in Southeast Asia."  

Do you ever sell pieces?

"The Chalre Collection does on occasion offer pieces for sale to private and public collectors.  In these instances, the sales will allow the curators to re-balance the collection if required and to fund further purchases." 




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