Meissen Porcelain Animals
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A conversation with Jeffrey Weaver, Associate Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum and Steven Zucker, Executive Director, Smarthistory in front of A Fox with a Chicken, c. 1732, Johann Gottlieb Kirchner, Meissen Porcelain Manufactory. Hard-paste porcelain with traces of oil paint, 46 x 34 x 20 cm. (J. Paul Getty Museum) and A Turkey, c. 1733,  Johann Joachim Kändler, Meissen Porcelain Manufactory. Hard-paste porcelain, 53.5 x 51 x 20 cm. (J. Paul Getty Museum)

Imagine a menagerie of over 500 life-sized porcelain animals displayed in a long gallery in a palace in Dresden. A Fox with a Chicken was a part of this new creation commissioned by Augustus II “The Strong” in the 18th century to share his love for Japanese porcelain with others.

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Additional resources

The porcelain collection of Augustus II “The Strong” from the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden.

Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, “Fabled beasts: Augustus the Strong’s Meissen menagerie,” The Magazine Antiques 164, no. 4 (October 2003): pp. 152–161.

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Cite this page as: Jeffrey Weaver and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Meissen Porcelain Animals
Getty Conversations," in Smarthistory, May 17, 2023, accessed December 9, 2023,