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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/Originsort descending 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
The Christ Child after Desiderio da Settignano (Italian, 1429-32-1464) 1942.779 1800s European Painting and Sculpture November 28, 2010
Madonna and Child after Desiderio da Settignano (Italian, 1429-32-1464) 1971.280 c. 1455-1464 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 1940.401 c. 1750-1770 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Caster America (possibly), 18th century 1940.217 c. 1730 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

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