Guanyin, Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion


Can you tell the difference? Can you see which figures were made in China – and which were produced in Meissen? For over 200 years, experiments across Europe sought to replicate porcelain – until, ultimately, the secret was discovered in Saxony. But was Meissen porcelain really comparable to the original? Augustus the Strong insisted it was put to the test. He sent several pieces of Chinese porcelain from his treasury to Meissen to be copied. As you can see, the porcelain from Saxony passed with flying colours. In its material qualities, the red stoneware even surpasses the models from Yixing.

Material & Technique
Porcelain, unpainted
China, Dehua, Fujian Province, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Kangxi period (1662-1722), 1675-1725
Inventory number
PO 8638