Forschung und wissenschaftliche Kooperation

Research at the museum combines collection-related questions with a larger scientific discourse. Research at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden uses a variety of scientific methods and approaches and works in an interdisciplinary manner, above all through cooperation with universities, research institutes and museums in Germany and abroad.

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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

Current Research Projects

Current research project

The Dresden Porcelain Project

Currently the extensive holdings of East Asian porcelain from the collection of Augustus the Strong, which still contain around 8,000 items, are being catalogued within the context of an international research project. The new items to be included, together with scholarly texts and commentaries, will be published in a digital catalogue linking the porcelain with the surviving historical inventories.

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Foto, 5-teilige Baluweiß Garnitur
© SKD / Juergen Loesel

Porcelain Circling the Globe

On 13-14 June 2018, the Porzellansammlung Dresden hosted the international conference “Porcelain Circling the Globe. International Trading Structures and the East Asia Collection of Augustus the Strong (1670–1733)” in Dresden. Speakers included scholars from China, Japan, the Netherlands, France, and Germany.

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© Matthias Rietschel
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