The MEISSEN® Manufactory – cradle of European porcelain
This is the man who got it all going: Augustus the Strong – Prince Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, bon viveur and art lover. He was particularly enamoured of the opulent, finely wrought porcelain artworks of East Asia. European royalty had been importing “white gold” from China since early in the 13th century, yet no progress at all had been made in Europe on establishing how it was manufactured. Driven by a collector’s passion, the Saxon Prince left no stone unturned in his efforts to crack the big secret of how porcelain was made. Thus, early in the 18th century, he commissioned his court alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger, the physicist Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, and Gottfried Pabst von Ohain to conduct research into its composition.