Augustus took the recently completed ensemble with him to Warsaw at Christmas 1701, to dazzle the nobles of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, of which he was the nominal ruler. On 25 November 2019, the Green Vault was broken into, and three sets of early 18th century royal jewellery were stolen. [16] The police believe there were four thieves and that they fled in an Audi A6; an identical vehicle was later found on fire in an underground parking lot. The Pretiosensaal (Hall of Treasures) and the Eckkabinett (Corner Cabinet) were listed as completed in the inventory of 1725; they reached their present-day form in this construction phase. The Jewel Garnitures (Juwelen-Garnituren) constitute the largest collection of jewels in Europe. Would you like Wikipedia to always look as professional and up-to-date? [23], The state police of Saxony have thus far not named any suspects. [18], "The Royal Household at Delhi on the Occasion of the Birthday of the Grand Mogul Aureng-Zeb" represents contemporary European fantasies of "Oriental despotism" in India. [7], Prior to the 2019 heist, the collection consisted of over 4,000 pieces, with almost 1,100 on display in the New Green Vault and about 3,000 shown in the Historic Green Vault.[8]. Entrance to the Historic Green Vault requires advance purchase of tickets for a specific entry time slot. The Green Vault is located on the first and second floors of the western section of Dresden Castle. The frigate, with a crew of almost 50 tiny sailors made of ivory, is supported by the god of the seas. "[24], Saxony's Minister-President Michael Kretschmer used Twitter to denounce the crime, saying "not only the state art collections were robbed, but we Saxons. Augustus’ intentions have been preserved on a ground plan from 1727 on which he drew his ideas. Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea! [23] Augustus ordered his "house diamond" to be mounted into a decorative badge of the Golden Fleece. We have created a browser extension. The 41-carat (8.2 g) Dresden Green Diamond is the most valuable diamond in the whole Green Vault. Media related to Grünes Gewölbe at Wikimedia Commons. The sequence of rooms was deliberately staged, presenting the objects according to their materials. [15] According to NPR, the "material value seems to have fallen short of $1 billion". [8] The General Director of Dresden's state art collections told reporters that the stolen jewels cannot be sold on the art market legally as they were too well known to collectors. This tiny work of art was given as a present to Elector Christian I of Saxony in 1589. It was manufactured by the royal goldsmith Johann Melchior Dinglinger together with Balthasar Permoser, probably in 1724. His grandson Frederick Augustus I of Saxony commissioned the Dresden court jeweler Diesbach to alter it radically. Not much has changed in … 07:32, 5 … An Order of the White Eagle breast star by the diamond-cutter Jean Jacques Pallard, made up of a 20-carat diamond at its centre and a Maltese cross of red rubies, was also taken. According to police, the thieves must have been very small in order to fit through the hole. [15] The New Green Vault is located on the second floor of the castle, and is roughly the same size as the Historic vault, at approximately 2,000 square metres. The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. Three of the eight rooms were totally destroyed. [12] Also unique is a 648-carat (129.6 g) sapphire, a present from czar Peter I of Russia. Augustus the Strong could now exhibit his entire collection of valuables, including bronze statues and works of art in silver, gold, amber and ivory. [4] An extension followed in 1727. CCTV footage shows two thieves within the vaults. [16], The "Large Ivory Frigate Supported by Neptune" was the last work of Jacob Zeller. One of the mainsails, also made of extremely thin ivory, displays the coat of arms of elector Johann Georg I and his wife Magdalene Sibylle. [26], Media related to Dresdner Juwelendiebstahl at Wikimedia Commons, See the 'Priceless' 18th-Century Jewels Stolen, "Thieves Steal Priceless Diamonds In Heist At Dresden's 'Green Vault' Museum", "Jewellery of 'immeasurable worth' stolen in dramatic Dresden museum heist", "Thieves Steal Priceless Items from Dresden's Treasury Green Vault; Hiscox Comments", "Billion-Dollar Art Heist: Thieves Cut Alarms With Fire at Dresden's Green Vault Palace", "A Burnt-Out Car, a Bigger Gang, and No Insurance: New Details Emerge in the Frantic Hunt for Dresden's Treasure Thieves", "Polizei Sachsen – Polizeidirektion Dresden – Einbruch in Historisches Grünes Gewölbe – Zeugen gesucht! [1] The missing items were of great cultural value to the State of Saxony and were described as priceless; other sources estimate the total value at about €1 billion. [17][18] In March 2020, police revealed that at least 7 individuals were involved in the robbery. I just got back from Dresden and the reason given for the name during the tour was that the columns in the Pretiosensaal are green, although they are currently covered in mirrors. The inscription picked out in diamonds on the rim of the base reads, "DISCRETION SERT EFFRONTERIE PERD" ("Discretion is laudable, indiscretion unwise").[22]. Il est maintenant situé dans le château de la Résidence de Dresde en Saxe (Allemagne) et fait partie des Collections nationales de Dresde. Museum officials have begged the thieves not to melt down any of the gold or otherwise harm the artefacts.