Staff from Saint Lu returned to France

Episcopal staff. 12thC. Bronze, ivory, rock crystal. Saint Vincent Cathedral. Châlons-sur-Saône, France

The invaluable sample of religious art of the Middle Ages, the Episcopal staff executed from bronze, ivory and rock crystal was returned to Saint Vincent Cathedral in Châlons-sur-Saône, France. The staff known as “a staff from Saint Lu” was stolen from Saint Lu more 15 years ago, on December 21, 1993 and till now was considered lost. The location of the valuable relic was revealed thanks to the publication in the collection One Hundred Lost Objects. Stolen in Europe and effective work of the French office on struggle against illegal moving of works of art.

As it turned out some time ago the staff was presented as a gift to the Episcopal museum in Warsaw. Having received the information on a criminal provenance of the object the museum management immediately agreed to return it to France. Temple collections which unlike the museum collections have no special protection are run of danger of being stolen quite often. According to statistics France is at the head of the greatest number of cases of larceny of objects of religious cult. Among the stunning cases – robbery of a cathedral of Saint Etienne in the southeast of the country which was realized on August 12, this year. Malefactors stole a number of objects and broke some part of a stained-glass window by Marc Chagall (more details in the previous issues of the Antiq. Info magazine).

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