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Deaccessioned Art

It is standard professional practice for museums to routinely evaluate their collections to ensure that the highest standards of collecting and display are maintained. From time to time, it is necessary to remove one or more works of art from the museum’s permanent collection in accordance with the standards determined by the Association of Art Museum Directors. This practice is known as deaccessioning.

The Cleveland Museum of Art maintains a cautious approach toward deaccessioning. A work of art may be a candidate for deaccessioning due to lack of relevancy to the museum’s mission, duplication in the collection, poor quality or condition, repatriation, false attribution, or the museum’s inability to adequately care for or store the work of art due particular needs or requirements.

The following list outlines the works of art that have been deaccessioned from the museum’s collection since 1998.

E.g., 08/05/2021
E.g., 08/05/2021
Filter by the date CMA deaccessioned the artwork
Title Artist/Origin Former Accessionsort descending Date Created Department Deaccession Date
Portrait of a Man Germany, 18th century 1423.1923 1719 (?) European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Portrait of a Woman Germany, 18th century 1424.1923 18th century European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
House Under a Cliff Overlooking the Sea China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1915.109 Chinese Art October 20, 2005
Landscape China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1915.113 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Three Figures and Landscape China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644) 1915.115 Chinese Art October 20, 2005
Box Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1915.315 c. 1750 Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1915.353 Chinese Art October 18, 2005
Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1915.354 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Vase: T'u Ting yao China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644) 1915.358 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Jar: Cizou Ware China, Yuan dynasty (1271-1368) 1915.368 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Jar: Ding ware China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644) 1915.370 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Flat Bowl: Longquan Ware China, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279) 1915.393 960-1127 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Seated Yakushi Nyorai Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) 1915.404 Japanese Art September 7, 1998
Bronze Bottle Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) 1915.405 c. 1700 Korean Art February 28, 1999
Console Table England, 18th century 1915.577 c. 1750 Decorative Art and Design September 5, 2011
Gate Legged Table America, Colonial Period, c. 18th century 1915.578 c. 1700s Decorative Art and Design September 5, 2011
Box China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1915.614 Chinese Art October 20, 2005
Chest England, 17th century 1915.681 1674 Decorative Art and Design September 5, 2011
Landscape China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Qianlong reign (1736-95) 1915.95 c. 1644-1911 Chinese Art October 20, 2005
Inro Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1916.1175 19th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999

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