The Dream of a King: The Japanese Palace in Dresden

Part of the Gardiner Signature Lecture Series

The Macdonald Collection Lecture

In the early 18th century, the Saxon elector and Polish king Augustus the Strong amassed what is until today the biggest collection of East Asian porcelain in the West.

The highly treasured imports from China and Japan set the benchmark for the groundbreaking products of the first European porcelain manufactory in Meissen.

The Chinese and Japanese porcelain served as a permanent stimulus and incentive. The contest between the copies and their prototypes is reflected in the design of the Japanese Palace purpose-built for the royal collection. The lecture will disclose the ambition behind this unique “Porcelain Palace” that ultimately remained the dream of a king.