In 1710 August the Strong established the first European porcelain manufactory in Meissen. Thereafter, Meissen Porcelain swiftly became an indispensable status symbol for the European aristocracy. Today, it continues to be the epitome of sophisticated table culture and luxurious room décor. In order to create an appropriate setting in which to indulge his “maladie de porcelaine”, the Elector planned to convert the Japanisches Palais into a Porcelain Palace. This project, however, was never completed.