Porcelain Art from China, Japan and Meissen

in Zwinger

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

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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

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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.

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Foto, Gruppenbild der Familie mit der Porzellansammlung
© Familie von Klemperer
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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.

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Foto, Blick in den Ernst-Zimmermann-Raum
© Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Adrian Sauer/VG Bild-Kunst Bonn
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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