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The collection was founded in 1715 by the Saxon Prince-Elector Augustus the Strong, and was originally housed in the Japanese Palace (then known as the "Dutch Palace") on the banks of the Elbe. The collection largely survived World War II thanks to evacuation, and moved into its current home in the south part of the Zwinger in 1962.Today the collection features about 20,000 porcelain artefacts.One strength is the collection of traditional Chinese and Japanese porcelain acquired by Augustus the Strong.

In the modern section, Japanese blue-and-white porcelain is presented on historic tables, in front of panels lacquered with anthracite grey and cinnabar.

has preserved, alongside its unique Meissen collection, the largest and most important holding of Chinese and Japanese porcelains dating to the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Acquired primarily during the time of Augustus the Strong (1670-1733), Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, these porcelain treasures were exceptionally well documented: the original written inventories are still largely in existence and correspond directly with the individual porcelains by their engraved or painted inventory numbers (formerly called ‘Johanneum marks’, now ‘Palace Numbers’).

The combination of such an early and extensive collection of nearly 8000 Oriental porcelain pieces with their contemporary descriptions exists nowhere else in the world.

The Dresden Porcelain Project initiates scholarly research on several levels, which in 2019 will offer a complete overview of the former Royal Porcelain Collection together with the hitherto unpublished, original 18th century inventories.

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