Porcelain Collection (Dresden)

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East Asian porcelain art

The porcelain collection is part of the Dresden State Art Collection . The porcelain collection is located in the Dresden Zwinger .


The collection was founded in 1715 by the Saxon Elector Augustus the Strong . It was originally located in the Dutch Palace on the Neustadt bank of the Elbe . After moving to the Johanneum in 1876, the collections that were largely relocated during World War II found their permanent home in the southern part of the Zwinger in 1962.

Directors of the Porcelain Collection


Hall escape before the color redesign in 2006

In the 21st century, the collection includes around 20,000 porcelain works of art.

One focus is traditional porcelain from China and Japan from the holdings of August the Strong. In particular, blue-and-white porcelain from the Ming and Qing dynasties can be seen , including the famous dragoon vases given to the elector by the Prussian king in exchange for soldiers , as well as colorful pieces of famille-verte and famille-rose, white Dehua goods , Japanese Arita porcelain as well as ceramics specially made for export.

The second focus is on the products of Saxon porcelain art, especially the Meissen manufactory . The decor of the tableware is partly based on Chinese patterns, but on the other hand, there are also many European motifs such as mythological scenes or rococo idylls. Sculptures made of pure white or colored porcelain are also well represented. Mention should be made of the miniatures of comedians, musicians and court jesters Schmiedel and Fröhlich , but also the famous centerpiece for Elector Friedrich August III. from 1775 or the equestrian statue of King August III.

The starting material for the objects can also be seen in the Meissen porcelain department. The kaolin earth from the St. Andreas colliery in Aue was of particular importance . This fact led to the fact that the Schnorrsche earth delivered by Veit Hans Schnorr von Carolsfeld to the Meißner manufactory was particularly highlighted in the exhibition in the spring of 2020: next to a piece of alabaster there is now a bowl with the white powder in a desk cabinet. Visitors can watch an object-related animated film.

Because of the limited space, only about 2000 exhibits are presented. On October 10, 2006, the East Asia exhibition was expanded to include an additional gallery; the exhibition area has thus increased by a quarter. The New York architect Peter Marino created the presentation within a few months in a mixture of classic and modern. In the modern part of the East Asia Gallery, Japanese blue and white porcelain is placed on historical tables in front of anthracite and vermilion painted panels.


  • Johann Georg Theodor Graesse: Outline of the history of porcelain and clay vessels with special reference to the K. porcelain and vessel collection in Dresden . Dresden 1873 ( digitized version )
  • Ingelore Menzhausen: Old Meissen porcelain in Dresden . Berlin 1988, ISBN 3-362-00142-4
  • Anette Loesch, Ulrich Pietsch, Friedrich Reichel: Dresden Porcelain Collection - Guide through the permanent exhibition . Dresden 1998, ISBN 3-932264-05-3
  • Eva Ströber: ‹La maladie de Porcelaine› - East Asian porcelain from the August the Strong's collection . Edition Leipzig, Leipzig 2001, ISBN 3-361-00530-2 .
  • Cordula Bischoff, Ulrich Pietsch (Ed.): Japanese Palace in Dresden. The Royal Porcelain Collection of August the Strong . Hirmer Verlag, Munich 2014, ISBN 978-3-7774-2112-4 .

Web links

Commons : Porzellansammlung im Zwinger, Dresden  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikisource: Porzellansammlung (Dresden)  - Sources and full texts

Individual evidence

  1. Press release from the town hall of Aue-Bad Schlema: “Schnorrsche Erde” from Aue honored in the porcelain collection of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden , 30 June 2020.

Coordinates: 51 ° 3 ′ 7.8 "  N , 13 ° 44 ′ 4.6"  E