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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 Accession Date Created Departmentsort descending 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

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