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In 1703, the German alchemist Johann Boettiger was imprisoned in the Albertsburg fortress by Augustus the Strong because he had failed to transmute base metals into gold. During his spell in prison, however, Boettiger won his freedom by making something nearly as valuable: porcelain.

[Before Boettiger's discovery, Porcelain was very expensively imported from China. His efforts led to the construction of the famous porcelain works at Meissen (near Dresden).]

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