Porcelain Art from China, Japan and Meissen

in Zwinger

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Besucher in einem Raum mit Porzellan an den Wänden und in Vitrinen
© SKD / Juergen Loesel


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.

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Porzellankunst aus China, Japan und Meissen: Die Porzellansammlung im Zwinger in Dresden
Press Release 10.02.2021

“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).

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© Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Paul Kuchel
Ru-Schale, Nördliche Song-Dynastie
History of the collection

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.

History of the Collection

zwei kleine Skulpturen
© Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Adrian Sauer
Statuetten Augusts des Starken aus Böttgersteinzeug und Böttgerporzellan, um 1713–1715

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