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The Museum of porcelain

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In the neogothic castle in Klášterec nad Ohří, a rare exhibition of porcelain from the collections of Museum of Applied Arts in Prague is installed. The exhibition in the ground-floor halls situated in the southern wing, which are the remnants of the original Renaissance building built in 1600, offers in the four halls a brief history of the old Oriental and European porcelain production. The halls are decorated with rich stucco ornaments.

In two halls, there are examples of Japanese porcelain produced between the turn of the 17th century and the second half of the 19th century. One hall is dedicated to the oldest European porcelain, namely from Meissen and Vienna, where the porcelain factories were built in 1710 and 1718, respectively. The visitors can see all phases of the oldest periods of porcelain production in Meissen. The exposition is supplemented with Dominik Aulicka's figural statues from the porcelain factory in Nymfenburg, produced in the second half of the 18th century. The large Renaissance hall offers a consistent exposition of samples of the old Chinese porcelain from the period between the 16th and 19th centuries. The exhibits are richly decorated with cobalt blue, enamel paint and crackles. You can also see celadon, flute vases, large porcelain aquariums and figural statues.

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Twenty-one rooms at the 1st floor of the castle are dedicated to development of the Czech porcelain production from its beginnings to the present. The exposition shows the porcelainware of the individual porcelain factories produced in various periods, such as Empire, Biedermeier, Second Rococo, Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau, etc.

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TThe first rooms of the exposition are dedicated to the beginning of the Czech porcelain production. The following rooms contains products from the Empire and Biedermeier periods of 1815 - 1835. A distinct rise occurred in this period, which is characterised by better technical and artistic quality of products. At that time, painting was the main decorative element. The exhibits include products from Horní Slavkov, Klášterec, Březová, Loket, Dalovice and Chodov.

Eight rooms contain exhibits from 1835 - 1860. In this period of the Second Rococo appeared embossed decorating as the main decorative element and it was time of the full development of figural sculpture. Here, the visitors can see the main part of the Czech Porcelain Museum collection containing production from porcelain factories in Klášterec nad Ohří, Horní Slavkov, Březová, Loket, Stará Role, Chodov, Dalovice and Praha.

Czech porcelain production started in the 1790s, when the extensive deposits of kaolin clay were found in the region of Carlsbad. In 1792, a porcelain manufactory was established in Horní Slavkov and two years later, in 1794, another one in Klášterec nad Ohří. The porcelain manufacture in Klášterec nad Ohří was founded by Mikuláš Weber, a retired steward of a manor, on the manor of Count František Josef Thun.