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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., 06/26/2022
E.g., 06/26/2022
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
Landscape, New Mexico Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943) 1930.665 1923 American Painting and Sculpture May 1, 2007
Music Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938) 1940.372 c. 1895-1900 American Painting and Sculpture March 4, 2015
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
Young Diana Janet Scudder (American, 1873-1940) 1942.796 1911 American Painting and Sculpture March 1, 2020
Irish Landscape Alexander H. Wyant (American, 1836-1892) 1935.216 1865 American Painting and Sculpture May 1, 2007
Bowl China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Kangxi reign (1661-1722) 1974.270 1662-1722 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Vase with Black Iron Glaze China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1920.1453 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Vase with Xiwangmu and the Festival of the Peaches of Immortality China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Kangxi reign (1661-1722) 1942.654 1662-1722 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1947.517 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Jar China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Yongzheng reign (1722-1735) 1944.194 1723-1735 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Saucer: Qingbai ware China, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279) 1917.264 13th-14th Century Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Club-shaped Vase with Famille Verte Decoration China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Kangxi reign (1661-1722) 1942.655 1662-1722 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Bowl: Jun ware China, Jin dynasty (1115-1234) - Yuan dynasty (1271-1368) 1947.565 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Pindola, Disciple of Buddha Lan-T'ien, Chen-si Province, Ming dynasty (1368-1644) 1918.540 16th Century Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Jar with Molded Design China, early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), reign of K'ang Hsi 1940.700 1465-1487 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Four-lobed Flattened Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Qianlong reign (1735-1795) 1944.196 1736-1795 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Figure of Hotei China, 19th century 1917.296 Chinese Art February 28, 1999
Saucer: Qingbai ware China, Song dynasty (960-1279) 1921.643 Chinese Art October 19, 2005

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