Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Mounties get their Man/Men ---Bill Reid Stolen Art Objects Recovered

Object Title: Brooch
Artist Maker: Bill Reid

Materials: Gold
Description: Design of eagle in profile
Date made: 1955

Measurements: overall: 6.9 cm X 2.7 cm X .8 cm*

On returning from my eye surgery this morning I was elated to find an email from the Museum of Anthropology regarding the art objects by Bill Reid which as I told you had been stolen recently.

The recovery of some of the objects had been announced on the news two days ago but with no details whatsoever, as the investigation was still in progress. At today's press conference by the RCMP it was announced that 13 out of the 15 stolen pieces have been recovered however two pieces are still missing, the one above and the one below.

Object Title: Panel Pipe
Artist Maker: Bill Reid
Materials: Argillite stone, lacquer

Description: Panel pipe with holes for stem and bowl drilled through material. Design consists of an eagle and bear prone at base; eagle holds a man's legs in his mouth while bear holds a frog. Above is a killer whale, surmounted by a wolf and a raven with a frog.

Date made: 1963

Measurements: overall: 8.2 cm X 27.2 cm**

An excerpt from the email states:

The objects, which included twelve original works by renowned Haida artist Bill Reid and three items of Mexican jewellery, were the subject of an intense recovery effort initiated by the RCMP immediately following the break-in. Among the recovered items are Bill Reid’s extraordinary gold box with a sculptured, three-dimensional eagle on top, his gold Frog brooch, and two bracelets. An argillite pipe and an eagle brooch, also by Bill Reid, are still missing.

“We are extremely grateful to the RCMP for their efforts to locate these cultural treasures, and to all those who assisted in their investigation,” said Moya Waters, who represented Museum Director Dr. Anthony Shelton at the press conference. “We were devastated by their loss, and profoundly grateful for their safe return.” Dr. Shelton, who is out of town on business, also conveyed his thanks to the RCMP. “We are very appreciative of the extraordinary efforts of all concerned in the search for and recovery of the majority of these precious objects.”

I don't know how long it will be until these objects are returned to the museum and can be displayed once more for they will be held as evidence, probably for a very long time. But I am sure when they are returned there will be a big celebration.

I am delighted to say that my favourite, the gold box with the eagle, which was my photo for this post has been recovered.

Yes, the surgery went well, everything is fine, fine, fine! Thank you for asking.

Photo * is from the UBC site,
Photo ** is from the RCMP in BC site.


Lee said...

G'day jmb - thanks so much for popping in to "see" me. I know it's been ages since I've written anything in my blog and it's nice to find out I've not been forgotten.

I love your post. What a beautiful brooch that is!

Eurodog said...

That's good news. Your eyes and the returned objects.

Cathy said...

I am happy your eye surgery is over and all went well.

It is great news about the stolen Art being found.

Liz said...

That is good news!

Glad all went well with your eyes too.

Sienna said...

The brooch is really striking, very clever work, I like it.

Thank goodness most of the art has been recovered, wonderful news and outcome.

Good news on your eye operation, there are a lot of people having their cataracts done here at the moment, and really happy with the outcome(s), it's a fantastic thing to be able to get back the enjoyment of being able to read and do their everyday things many of us take for granted.


Gledwood said...

eye surgery? urk! I hope all is and remains absolutely WELL!

sorry I've not been by for a while. life's been a chaos

ok mostly of my own making but what's new???

jams o donnell said...

Glad to hear that most of the artefacts have been recovered.

More importantly I'm so pleased the surgery went well.

Donnetta Lee said...

Hi, jmb: Good to hear your eyes are getting better. Good also to hear the precious objects are finding their way home. Take care of yourself!

Sean Jeating said...

My heart with joy is taking like a falcon up to the skies. :)

leslie said...

It's a miracle they recovered those items!

So glad the surgery is over and done with and all is well. :D

Lord James Bigglesworth said...

Take a bow, Sgt. Preston and the other gallant boys.

Lord James Bigglesworth said...

Glad the eyes went well too.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Glad the eye surgery went well and hope then objects are all back on display soon.

Gledwood said...

thanxx for your comment yesterday. I agree it's probably lots of things disturbing me. I can only even TRY and take them on 1 by 1 as (Chinese proverb coming): "he who tries to catch 2 rabbits grabs neither"...

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

Get better as soon as possible and we can visit in sl.

Ian said...

Great news that they were found and returned.

Glad your surgery went well.



CherryPie said...

That is brilliant news :-)

Nunyaa said...

That is excellent news, now let us hope the other two items are found. Happy the eye surgery went well for you JMB :-)