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15 Pieces of Art Snatched From Fontainebleau

The burglary took place early Sunday, and the thieves were in and out of the castle, southeast of Paris, in about seven minutes – the time from when the alarm was set off to when the police arrived.

The burglary took place after 6 a.m., according to the museum officials, and the thieves were in and out of the castle, southeast of Paris, in about seven minutes – the time from when the alarm was set off to when the police arrived.

Fleur Pellerin, France’s minister of culture and communications, said in a statement that among the missing pieces were treasures from the 18th century and a ritual symbol, a mandala, from Tibet. The crown, made of gold, precious stones and pearls, and with a distinct tall peak, was presented to Napoleon III in 1861 by the ambassador from Siam.

The burglary took place early Sunday, and the thieves were in and out of the castle, southeast of Paris, in about seven minutes – the time from when the alarm was set off to when the police arrived.Read more…

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Source: The New York Times (1551 Articles)
Written by Doreen Carvajal