China: The 18th Century China Collection of the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett

Augustus the Strong introduced the production of Chinese porcelain to Europe, with the establishment of the first European hard-paste factory in Meissen in 1709 – but the Elector of Saxony’s love of China did not stop at ” White gold “. When an inventory of his collection was drawn up in 1738, five years after his death, it included over 1,100 drawings, watercolors and Chinese prints, as well as over 600 chinese prints by European artists who shared the elector’s enthusiasm. This exhibition at the Residenzschloss in Dresden (November 19-February 13, 2022) presents the highlights of this collection, supplemented by loans that show how Chinese graphic arts were used as models for the manufacture of porcelain and other decorative arts in 18th century Europe. Find out more on the Residenzschloss website.

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Scroll Painting with Many Scenes from Folk Life (18th century), Chinese artist unknown. Photo: Herbert Boswank; © Kupferstich-Kabinett, SKD

Landscapes of Clouds and Mountains (1714), Matteo Ripa after Yu Shen.

Landscapes of clouds and mountains (1714), Matteo Ripa after Yu Shen. Photo: Herbert Boswank; © Kupferstich-Kabinett, SKD

Vase from a Meissen set

Vase (vs. 1735–1740), Meissen. Photo: Adrian Sauer; © Porzellansammlung, SKD

Cut-out sheets with exotic birds (circa 1710-1725), Johann Christoph Weigel.

Cut-out sheets with exotic birds (vs. 1710-1725), Johann Christoph Weigel. Photo: Andreas Diesend; © Kupferstich-Kabinett

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