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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
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Title Artist/Origin Former Accession Date Created Department Deaccession Datesort descending
Donatrix or Queen France, 14th Century Style, 19th century, Gothic Revival 1916.2046 1800s Medieval Art January 18, 1998
Skewer England, London, 18th century 1955.372 1759-1760 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer Benjamin Tait (Irish) 1955.193 1792 - 1793 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer James Beebe (British) 1955.179 1829-1830 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Ewer Stand style of Pierre Reymond (French, c. 1513-aft 1584) 1940.139 19th century Medieval Art May 31, 1998
Skewer Charles Wright (British) 1956.18 1774-1775 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer James Lloyd (British) 1955.208 1806-1807 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer John Beldon (British) 1955.184 1794-1795 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer Samuel Hennell (British) 1955.371 1813-1814 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer Scotland, Glasgow, 19th century 1955.182 1828-1829 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Monastery Chair France, 16th century 1921.570 1500s Medieval Art May 31, 1998
Aquamanile Shaped as a Man's Bust Germany (?), 19th Century, Gothic Revival 1974.195 19th century Medieval Art May 31, 1998
Skewer firm of William Eley (British), firm of William Fearn (British) 1955.548 1800-1801 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer John Irish (Irish) 1955.200 c. 1760 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer firm of Anne Bateman (British, 1748-1813), firm of Peter Bateman (British, 1740-1825), firm of William (I) Bateman (British, 1774-1850) 1955.189 1804-1805 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer firm of William Chawner (British), firm of William Eley (British), firm of William Fearn (British) 1955.204 1813-1814 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer Samuel Hennell (British) 1956.20 1813-1814 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer William Sumner (British) 1955.209 1809-1810 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer England, Sheffield, 19th century 1955.197 c. 1840 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer England, London, early 19th Century 1956.333 1802-1803 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998

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