So nothing had come of the Pillnitz ‘pleasure palace in porcelain’, but on the other side of the River Elbe, there was the Holländisches (Dutch) Palais. Augustus the Strong acquired the stately home in 1717 and used it to store his extensive collection of East Asian porcelain and items from his Kunstkammer (Chamber of Art).
A few years after the wedding celebrations of 1719 for the Crown Prince of Saxony, renovation and new construction work began which, according to the plans of the Prince Elector, was intended to result in a “porcelain castle”. This not only referred to the collection it contained but also implied porcelain-covered roofs and china-clad walls. The pulpit, altar and organ pipes of the chapel were to be made of porcelain, and Augustus even envisioned a throne of white porcelain. This project also came to naught, but the Japanese Palace, with its Far Eastern roof shapes and Asian-style figures on the exterior and in the courtyard, still does justice to its name.
Later, the largest chinoiserie in Europe became a “museum for public use”, first housing the library of the prince elector, then the regional library and now a museum. The Damascus Room also is a gem of Ottoman interior design.