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Baron Schmiedel
Baron Schmiedel, a bust. Made in 1739, this satirical portrait bust of the court jester Johann Gottfried Tuscheer known as Baron Schmiedel, was one of the last Royal commissions for the Japanese Palace of Augustus the Strong, King of Poland (ruled 1694-1733) and Elector of Saxony. The Japanese Palace was a lavish structure in Dresden refurbished to house both the fabulous Royal collection of East Asian porcelains and the amazing new products of the Royal Saxon Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen near Dresden in Germany. Established in 1710, Meissen was Europe's first factory of true or hard-paste porcelain. By the mid