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Porcelain Art from China, Japan and Meissen
As the craze for all things Chinese swept across Europe, the continent fell in love with porcelain. August the Strong was the only person to know the secret of how to make it. In 1710, he founded the first European porcelain manufactory in Meissen and made this exotic material into its unique calling card. Of the many thousands of pieces that he amassed, the most stunning and rare are to be found in the Zwinger in Dresden today.Discover the exhibition
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Reconstruction of the Porcelain Collection of the Dresden Banker Gustav von Klemperer
The eminent Dresden banker Gustav von Klemperer (Edler von Klemenau) and his wife Charlotte were the owners of what was, with over nine hundred objects, arguably the largest and most important collection of eighteenth-century Meissen porcelain in all Germany. Aim of the project was to establish the paths along which the porcelain objects came to be lost and to investigate the persecution of the von Klemperer family.
Competing with the Emperor of China
The Porcelain Collection owes its position as the world’s most important historically documented reference collection of early Meissen porcelain to the collecting activities of Augustus the Strong and his son August III. From 2018 to 2021 all the surviving pieces in this unique reference collection were identified, digitalized and systematically catalogued.
“A real sensation”: rare Ru ceramic from China discovered
The SKD’s Porzellansammlung (Porcelain Collection) owns an extremely rare Chinese Ru bowl. This discovery was made during a research project launched in 2014 on the historical inventory of East Asian porcelains at the Porzellansammlung, run by Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. The bowl does not come from Korea, as previously assumed, but from China’s Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127).
Maladie de porcelain
It was the "maladie de porcelaine", the obsession of August the Strong with the "white gold" that made his legendary porcelain collection the finest and most extensive specialized collection of ceramics in the world. Up to this day, the Dresden Porzellansammlung delights its guests and connoisseurs from all over the world.
Masterpieces of the Collection
The vaults of [the Japanese Palace] consist of fourteen apartments, filled with China and Dresden porcelain; one would imagine there was sufficient quantity to stock a whole country, and yet they say, with an air of importance, that 100’000 pieces more are wanted to compleat the intention of furnishing this single palace.Jonas Hanway, 1753
In the Cellars [of the Japanese Palace] are deposited the vast collection of the true China & Japan; which for beauty, & quantity exceed any other collection of Europe.Jeremiah Milles, 1736
The ancient Palace of the Marquises of Misnia is now sett apart for making the Saxony China, which is within these few years grown so famous all over Europe, & without doubt far exceeds that of the Indies, both in beauty, & workmanship.Jeremiah Milles, 1736