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The Royal Dresden’s Porcelain Collection in the Digital Realm

TEFAF Meet the Experts programs celebrate the expertise of our world-renowned exhibitors, spotlighting exceptional objects and the stories they tell. Learn more about the porcelain collection of Augustus the Strong and a newly established research platform with The Royal Dresden Porcelain Collection, Vanderven Oriental Art, and Jorge Welsh Works of Art.

TEFAF Meet the Experts

SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2024

2PM–2.45PM CET

Registration is mandatory but free to TEFAF Maastricht ticket holders


Elector of Saxony Augustus the Strong (1670–1733) is famed for his incurable passion for porcelain. In Dresden, he amassed one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese ceramics outside of Asia to this day.

In collaboration with a large international team of specialists, the Porcelain Collection has researched the entirety of the preserved East Asian holdings for the first time. From now on, all objects are freely accessible on the newly established digital platform The Royal Dresden Porcelain Collection. Additionally, the inclusion of the six extant inventory books from the 18th century provide us with exciting new insights. They illuminate collecting practices at the Saxon court and reflect contemporary worldviews on material culture.

Julia Weber, director of the Porcelain Collection, and Cora Würmell, project leader and curator of East Asian ceramics, will introduce the manifold research opportunities of this pioneering digital platform through porcelain formerly in the collection of Augustus presented by Vanderven Oriental Art and Jorge Welsh Works of Art during TEFAF Maastricht 2024.


Julia Weber studied Art History, Archaeology and French Literature at the Universities of Augsburg, Bonn, and Basel. As curator of ceramics at the Bavarian National Museum in Munich, she published a comprehensive catalogue of Meissen porcelain with East Asian décor in the Ernst Schneider Collection at Lustheim Palace. In 2016, Julia Weber was appointed director of the Dresden Porcelain Collection.

Cora Würmell is curator of the East Asian ceramic at the Dresden Porcelain Collection and project leader of the Dresden Porcelain Project. Since 2009, she has published and lectured on the Dresden holdings internationally and has joined various study and exchange programs, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Tokyo National Museum in Japan.

Jorge Welsh Works of Art was founded by Jorge Welsh and Luísa Vinhais. The gallery's expertise is in Chinese porcelain – with an emphasis on Export porcelain – and cross-cultural works of art from Africa, India, China, and Japan ranging from the 15th to the 19th century.

Vanderven Oriental Art, established in 1968, is run by a small but expert team. Director Floris van der Ven joined the business in 1996 and took over from his aunt and uncle in 2012. This has ensured continuity and further development of our firm. As an art historian, Nynke van der Ven is responsible for the in-depth research, study of the collection and writing the catalogs. She regularly attends courses and seminars to keep up to date with the latest studies and research.

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Dr. Julia Weber Director of the Dresden Porcelain Collection
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Cora Würmell Curator for East Asian ceramics
Luísa Vinhais & Jorge Welsh Jorge Welsh Works of Art
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Nynke & Floris van der Ven Vanderven Oriental Art

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Image: Courtesy of Vanderven Oriental Art and Jorge Welsh Works of Art.