Published: July 28, 2016
BAR HARBOR, MAINE — A large, lancet-shaped Tiffany stained glass window with five white lilies and the words “In Memoriam” written within a panel at the base of the window remains missing after it was reported missing nearly three decades ago. On June 18, 1988, the Reverend Edwin A. Garrett III reported to the Bar Harbor Police that the window, removed from the back of St Saviour’s Episcopal Church, had gone missing sometime between 4:30 and 7:10 am.
The window was made by Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1894. It was commissioned for St Saviour’s Episcopal Church. It is possible that the inscription may have been cut from the bottom of the window to change its appearance. At the time of its theft, the window measured 15 by 63½ inches, its frame 2 inches on each side and 4 inches on the bottom.
A woman from Bar Harbor, Katherine Whitney, who was a child when the window was stolen nearly three decades ago, recently told the Mount Desert Islander that she and other church members are investigating what may have happened to the antique window that today is valued at tens of thousands of dollars. Also interviewed by the newspaper were Eva Davis, who was one of the first people in the church the morning after it was stolen, and Lee Garrett, whose late father was an assisting priest at St Saviour’s at the time and contacted the police.
Whitney speculated that the name of the deceased person in whose honor the window was given probably has been removed, making it difficult to trace. The date of the theft predates the formation of the FBI’s dedicated unit that tracks down stolen artworks, but the window is listed on databases used by auction houses to research consignments.
“Unfortunately, it is not an active case,” said Whitney. “I would probably be the best person to contact if anyone has information about the missing window.” Whitney’s phone number is 207-266-9633.
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