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The Zwinger porcelain collection, which comprises 12,000 pieces, includes the largest collection of 18th century Meissen porcelain in the world and the largest collection of 17th century Chinese porcelain outside China.

The collection was founded by Augustus the Strong, King of Poland (1670-1733), who had the Japanese Palace on the River Elbe in Dresden especially designed to house his porcelain collection. The collection has been housed in the Zwinger, the king’s former Orangerie, since 1962.

To celebrate the completion of the museum’s refurbishment, the Friends of the porcelain collection are holding a charity gala dinner on Saturday October 5, the funds from which will go towards the collection’s scientific research and to help finance a worldwide campaign to raise awareness of the Zwinger collection.

The gala dinner will take place in the Kurfurstensaal of the Kempinski Taschenberg Palais. Tickets for the private view and charity gala dinner cost €350 and applications should be sent to Freundeskreis der Dresdner Porzellansammlung im Zwinger e.V, Sophienstrasse, D-01067 Dresden, Germany or you can apply by calling +49 351 4914612, or by emailing ps@sk-dresden.de