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|
|Male Figure||Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Songye people||2010.453||early 1800s-early 1900s||African Art||September 5, 2016|
|Irish Landscape||Alexander H. Wyant (American, 1836-1892)||1935.216||1865||American Painting and Sculpture||May 1, 2007|
|Head of a Boy||George De Forest Brush (American, 1855-1941)||1933.221||c. 1910||American Painting and Sculpture||May 1, 2007|
|Woman Seated at Table||Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938)||1969.21||late 1800s-early 1900s||American Painting and Sculpture||March 4, 2015|
|Landscape, New Mexico||Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943)||1930.665||1923||American Painting and Sculpture||May 1, 2007|
|Young Diana||Janet Scudder (American, 1873-1940)||1942.796||1911||American Painting and Sculpture||March 1, 2020|
|Music||Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938)||1940.372||c. 1895-1900||American Painting and Sculpture||March 4, 2015|
|Bowl||China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Xuande reign (1425-1435)||1920.409||1426-1435||Chinese Art||October 19, 2005|
|Bowl||China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Kangxi reign (1661-1722)||1955.298||1662-1722||Chinese Art||October 20, 2005|
|Vase||China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)||1961.217||Chinese Art||October 20, 2005|
|Landscape||China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)||1915.113||Chinese Art||October 19, 2005|
|Club-Shaped Vase||China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Yongzheng reign (1722-1735)||1944.192||1723-1735||Chinese Art||June 4, 2000|
|Coral Red Porcelain Vase||China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)||1956.716||18th Century||Chinese Art||October 20, 2005|
|Bowl: Cizhou ware||China, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)||1930.324||12th-13th Century||Chinese Art||October 19, 2005|
|Jar: Cizou Ware||China, Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)||1915.368||Chinese Art||June 4, 2000|
|Apple-green Vase||China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Kangxi reign (1661-1722)||1942.682||1662--1722||Chinese Art||June 4, 2000|
|Saucer||China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Yongzheng mark and reign (1722-1735)||1930.633||1723-1735||Chinese Art||June 4, 2000|
|Three Figures and Landscape||China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)||1915.115||Chinese Art||October 20, 2005|
|Sow with Litter||China, Tang dynasty (618-907)||1948.229||Chinese Art||October 19, 2005|
|Vase in the Shape of an Archaic Bronze (Zun)||China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Kangxi reign (1661-1722)||1942.718||1662-1722||Chinese Art||June 4, 2000|