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.
|Title||Artist/Origin||Former Accession||Date Created||Department||Deaccession Date|
|Tankard||19th century||1923.710||1868||Decorative Art and Design||November 29, 2009|
|Buddhist Head||Afghanistan or Pakistan, Gandhara, Kushan Period (1st century-320)||1942.1513||5th Century||Indian and Southeast Asian Art||September 5, 2016|
|Male Figure||Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Songye people||2010.453||early 1800s-early 1900s||African Art||September 5, 2016|
|Head of a Child||after a work attributed to Germain Pilon (French, c. 1525-1590)||1942.788||1800s||European Painting and Sculpture||June 6, 2010|
|Portrait of a Woman||after Andrew Plimer (British, 1763-1837)||1952.326||late 19th century||European Painting and Sculpture||June 6, 2010|
|Madonna and Child||after Benedetto da Maiano (Italian, 1442-1497)||1940.345||probably 1500s||European Painting and Sculpture||September 6, 2010|
|Madonna and Child||after Desiderio da Settignano (Italian, 1429-32-1464)||1971.280||c. 1455-1464||European Painting and Sculpture||November 28, 2010|
|The Christ Child||after Desiderio da Settignano (Italian, 1429-32-1464)||1942.779||1800s||European Painting and Sculpture||November 28, 2010|
|Irish Landscape||Alexander H. Wyant (American, 1836-1892)||1935.216||1865||American Painting and Sculpture||May 1, 2007|
|Fishing Boats in a Harbor||Allart van Everdingen (Dutch, 1621-1675)||1974.105||1660s||European Painting and Sculpture||November 28, 2010|
|Caster||America (possibly), 18th century||1940.217||c. 1730||Decorative Art and Design||September 6, 2010|
|Caster||America (possibly), 18th century||1940.401||c. 1750-1770||Decorative Art and Design||September 6, 2010|
|Spoon||America (possibly), late 19th - early 20th century||1940.241||1890-1910||Decorative Art and Design||September 6, 2010|
|Tablespoon||America (probably), early 20th century||1943.215||early 1900s||Decorative Art and Design||September 6, 2010|
|Sugar Basket||America (probably), late 18th century||1940.251||c. 1790-1800||Decorative Art and Design||September 6, 2010|
|Teaspoon||America (probably), late 19th - early 20th century||1940.160||1890-1916||Decorative Art and Design||September 6, 2010|
|Pipe||America ?||1940.375||Decorative Art and Design||September 6, 2010|
|Salt Spoon||America or Europe, 18th century||1940.280||c. 1720-1735||Decorative Art and Design||September 6, 2010|
|Strainer Spoon||America or Europe, 18th century||1940.181||c. 1740-1750||Decorative Art and Design||September 6, 2010|
|Pewter Spoon||America, 17th century type||1947.166||Decorative Art and Design||September 6, 2010|