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

The Dresden Porcelain Project

From 2014 to 2024, an international team of experts researched and catalogued the comprehensive, extant royal holdings of Augustus the Strong (1670–1733) comprising around 8000 East Asian porcelain objects. The results are published on ‘The Royal Dresden Porcelain Collection’, an innovative digital platform that not only showcases the objects but also focusses on the history of the collection.

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Digital Platform

The Royal Dresden Porcelain Collection

Explore the platform

The Digital Publication - The Royal Dresden Porcelain Collection

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.

Winner DigAMus Award 2024

The digital platform "The Royal Dresden Porcelain Collection" has received the DigAMus audience award. The award was presented at the yearly conference of the German Museums Association and honors the best digital projects from museums in German-speaking countries.

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Videos

Teaser Video

Gathering at the Orchid Pavilion

Inv. no. PO 1869, clip by Noemi Stubbe

Teaser Video

Emperor Xuanzong playing the drum

Inv. no. PO 3413, clip by Noemi Stubbe

Teaser Video

Carp leaping over the Longmen Dragon Gate

Inv. no. PO 4617, clip by Noemi Stubbe

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 8200 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 are published.

Scan, Buchseite mit handschriftlicher Listung von Objekten
© Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Page from the Japanese Palace Inventory of 1779 Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Inventory no. 324, Inventarium über das Palais zu Alt-Dresden, Anno 1721, Dresden 1721

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 researched the royal porcelain holdings. The intensive collaboration was accompanied by workshops at the museum.

International Workshop 2018

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The Dresden Porcelain Project - Workshop

Forschung

Raum mit Menschen und Porzellanen
© Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Barbara Bechter
Rückseite eines Tellers
© Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Adrian Sauer

Support the Project

Donate through the Foundation of Friends of the Porcelain Project Dresden

Donate through the King Baudouin Foundation (purpose "Dresden Porcelain Project", 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

Partner und Sponsoren

Private Sponsors and Businesses

Albuquerque Foundation, Portugal 
American Ceramic Circle (ACC)
Michele Beiny Harkins, New York
Brill Publishers, Leiden
Noor Camstra, Porcelain Restoration, Lochem
Capel & Capel Fine Arts, De Zande
Mrs. Diane Chen Koch-Weser, USA
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
F. W. Hempel Familienstiftung, Düsseldorf
Galerie Nicolas Fournery, Paris
Guus Röell Fine Art & Antiques, Maastricht
Heirloom & Howard, Ltd., UK
Alex J. Heukers and Jan ‘t Hooft, Netherlands
Mr. Masao Iketani, Japan
Jorge Welsh Works of Art, London/Lisbon
Mrs. Trudel Klefisch, Cologne
Ingeborg Knauf, Germany
Mr. Lee Kuckro, USA
Klaus Leiser, Germany
Mr. & Mrs Lentz-Meijers, Netherlands
E. & H. Manners, London
Dr. Shirley Mueller, USA
Mr. Richard D. Pardue, USA
Pater Gratia Oriental Art, Haren
Polak Works of Art, Amsterdam
Robert McPherson Antiques, Joure
Röbbig, München
Mrs. Rosenfeld-Pomper, New York
Prof. Dr. Dr. Kurt und Jutta Salfeld, Germany
Mr. Schukken & Mrs. Siu Ling Koo, Netherlands
Ms. I. L. Tan, Netherlands
Ms. Yuanyuan Tan, London
Vanderven Oriental Art, Den Bosch

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