New exhibition opening on 25 March 2017:

Meissen Variations. From chamber-pots to showpiece tableware

You can now likewise experience the entire breadth of Meissen porcelain art in the refurbished second floor of our Porcelain Museum, delving into subjects such as literature, fashion, music or theatre. The porcelains on display narrate stories from past and present in a new setting. Often of particular interest is the fine detail in a piece or the history of how it came to be.

Catholic or protestant? Whatever fits the bill

As part of the present Luther Year you can view ecclesiastical porcelains that have long languished in the vaults. A major figure group of the Death of St. Francis Xavier is powerful testimony to the artistic and technical prowess of Kaendler and his colleagues. Luther would surely have had plenty to say about Augustus the Strong’s switch to Catholicism. Here he is to be found alongside the evangelists and apostles, but also alongside Bishop Benno, whose canonisation caused him so much displeasure.

Dinner is served: the Swan Service

The highpoint of the exhibition is a prestigious table laid with the Swan Service, the most opulent ware of the eighteenth century. Johann Joachim Kaendler spent from 1737-1742 designing it with Johann Friedrich Eberlein. They modelled in excess of 2,000 separate items in all to produce a service that was intended to cater for 100 guests. It was commissioned by Heinrich Count Brühl, Saxon Prime Minister and subsequently Director of the Porcelain Manufactory.

A chamber-pot in Meissen porcelain

But Meissen porcelain can also be political or even technical. Insulators in genuine Meissen or a chamber-pot? See for yourself …

Round your visit off by touring the Demonstration Workshops at the Porcelain Manufactory and you will have had a truly unforgettable experience with us.