Rich Red Dragon Arrived at Königstein Fortress
An offer plate around the year 1740 from Meissen porcelain has found its way into the museum fund. Its forefront shows two phoenix birds framed by two dragons and other Chinese symbols. The décor “Reicher Roter Drache” (in English: “Rich Red Dragon”) belongs to the first china services that have been exclusively produced for the Saxon court and were allowed to be used only by it for a long time. The royal court confectionary (in German “Königliche Hof Conditorei“) possessed among many other handcrafted objects especially dishes. In the 18th century, service pieces from the series “Reicher Roter Drache” were demonstrably shipped in horse carriages from the Royal Palace in Dresden to Königstein Fortress and here, they were used to equip the royal table for celebrations. That’s why the “Reicher Roter Drache” was purchased for the prospective permanent exhibitions that will tell the history and stories from Königstein Fortress with original objects. The exhibition shall be opened progressively beginning in 2013.