While the formulation of hard-paste porcelain in Europe is credited to a Dresden alchemist named Johann Friedrich Böttger, who established a porcelain factory in nearby Meissen in 1710, the impetus for porcelain figurines can be directly attributed to Augustus II, the King of Saxony and Poland. Augustus the Strong, as he was also known, envisioned a palace filled with porcelain objects, including a menagerie of hundreds of life-size animals....Continue Reading