The Porcelain Cabinet

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Permanent exhibition of the Wawel Royal Castle entitled The Porcelain Cabinet. It presents not only the most outstanding, exquisitely crafted porcelain works from the factory in Meissen founded by King Augustus II, but also a wide spectrum of material culture of the 18th century. The collection presented in this way is the most significant one in Central Europe.

The exhibition consists of three rooms arranged in a modern and surprising way in the spaces of the Royal Private Apartments. The palace interior of the first gallery, with walls with Rococo decorations, allows you to experience the 18th-century atmosphere. We will see here examples of the best Augsburg silver, coat of arms glass from aristocratic manufactories  and outstanding paintings and furniture, which will make up a full experience of the highest class of art. Visitors will be impressed by the space dedicated to Meissen porcelain, arranged in the shape of a cabinet of mirrors in which the presented objects are reflected – literally floating in the showcases thanks to impressive display solutions. We will look at them carefully from every side. Some of the most valuable acquisitionsin the Castle's collection are also presented here, among them there is a life-sized Fox with a hen in its mouth (44.5 cm high) by Gottlieb Kirchner (one of six preserved in the world), as well as a group of charming Pugs. The third gallery of the new exhibition belongs to the masterpiece of Johann Joachim Kaendler - the chief modeller at the Royal Manufactory in Meissen in the 18th century. Here we will see the priceless Crucifixion – a monumental sculptural composition made of porcelain with a religious theme, stunning in its precision of detail and expression. There are only two 18th-century objects of this type preserved in the world. The second group is located in Dresden.

Admission as part of the ticket to the royal private apartment.

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