The early 18th century saw Europe's aristocratic and artistic communities directing their gaze towards China, then a synonym for cultured living and luxury. The art-loving Prince-Elector was determined from the very outset to emulate the Asians. In 1708 he entrusted his court alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger with eight Chinese figures in the white as model to be copied. They included one of the "Budai Ho-Shang", god of contentment, which, in around 1713, Böttger also cast in white porcelain. And now his laughing Buddha is again being premiered in a limited edition, with discreet gilded decoration custom-developed for the purpose being applied to the noble white porcelain on this occasion.