Foto, fünf Monumentale unterglasurblaue Vasen vor einer spiegelnden Lackwand
© Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Jürgen Lösel
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The Dresden Porcelain Project

In 2014, an international team of experts began researching and cataloguing the comprehensive, extant royal holdings of Augustus the Strong (1670–1733) comprising around 8000 East Asian porcelain objects. The results will be published on an innovative digital platform that will not only showcase the objects but will also focus on the history of the collection.

The Historical Collection

In the early 18th century, Augustus the Strong converted the Japanese Palace in Dresden into a porcelain castle to display his opulent collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. These royal holdings are still one of the world’s largest and most important East Asian reference collections from the 17th and 18th centuries. This is because 8000 of the initially more than 29,000 East Asian ceramic objects are still extant in the Porzellansammlung today, which, in combination with the preserved archival documents, make this collection unique.

Foto, Blick auf ein imposantes historisches Gebäude
© SKD/Juergen Loesel
Japanese Palace, Dresden

The Inventories of the Japanese Palace

The six inventory books from 1721 and 1779 are the most important sources to consult when researching the historical collection of Augustus the Strong. These inventories not only provide insight into how the porcelain was received at the court but also offer an understanding of Augustus the Strong‘s key collecting principles. They have proved invaluable to the project and this is the first time they will be published.

Scan, Buchseite mit handschriftlicher Listung von Objekten
© Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Page from the Japanese Palace Inventory of 1779

Provenance

All the objects are marked with a ‘palace number’ that corresponds with the inventory entries. This number was either incised and blackened, or painted directly onto the porcelain body. This unique correlation between the objects and the historical documentation made it possible to identify almost 8000 porcelain pieces from the royal collection within the Porzellansammlung.

International Team & Exchange

A team of more than 35 renowned international senior and junior experts from Europe, China, Japan, Taiwan and the US is researching the royal porcelain holdings. The intensive collaboration is accompanied by workshops at the museum.

International Workshop 2018

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The Digital Publication

An innovative digital platform – The Royal Dresden Porcelain Collection – has been developed to showcase the entire reference collection in combination with the extant archival material. The interconnectedness of the different materials allows not only for an explorative approach but also for an ongoing contextualisation in different, curated narratives. This novel and aesthetically ambitious presentation of the objects will inspire our professional and general readers alike.

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Support the Project

We need your generous support for the final implementation phase of our pioneering digital catalogue.

 

Donate through the Foundation of Friends of the Porcelain Project Dresden

Donate through the King Badouin Foundation (for our US friends)

Become a Member of the Friends of the Dresden Porcelain Collection

Contact us for additional information.

 

Institutional Sponsors

Partner und Sponsoren

Private Sponsors and Businesses

Brill Publishers, Leiden

Capel & Capel Fine Arts, De Zande

Prof. Ching May Bo, Hong Kong

Cohen & Cohen Oriental Art, London

Ms. Elise van Ditmars, Netherlands

Mr. & Mrs. F.T.C. van Eck, Netherlands

Feng-Chun Ma Chinese & Japanese Art, Amsterdam

Galerie Nicolas Fournery, Paris

Guus Röell Fine Art & Antiques, Maastricht

Heirloom & Howard, Ltd., UK

Jorge Welsh Works of Art, London/Lisbon

Mrs. Trudel Klefisch, Cologne

Mr. Lee Kuckro, USA

Mr. & Mrs Lentz-Meijers, Netherlands

E. & H. Manners, London

Mr. Masao Iketani, Japan

Dr. Shirley Mueller, USA

Mr. Richard D. Pardue, USA

Polak Works of Art, Amsterdam

Robert McPherson Antiques, Joure

Mrs. Rosenfeld-Pomper, New York

Mr. Schukken & Mrs. Siu Ling Koo, Netherlands

Ms. I.L. Tan, Netherlands

Vanderven Oriental Art, Den Bosch

Ms. Yuanyuan Tan, London

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