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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 Department Deaccession Datesort descending
The Miraculous Draught of Fishes Ugo da Carpi (Italian, c. 1479–c. 1532), after Raphael (Italian, 1483-1520) 1925.144 Prints May 7, 1925
Untitled Jean Veber (French, 1864–1928) 1926.541 Prints November 23, 1969
Jar, Rakka Ware Mesopotamia, 13th century 1938.159 Islamic Art May 31, 1982
Donatrix or Queen France, 14th Century Style, 19th century, Gothic Revival 1916.2046 1800s Medieval Art January 18, 1998
Skewer firm of George Smith (British), firm of Richard Crossley (British) 1955.210 1809-1810 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer Samuel Hennell (British) 1955.371 1813-1814 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer George Ferris (British) 1956.334 1815-1816 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer Thomas Holland (British) 1955.186 1806-1807 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer England, London, 18th century 1955.372 1759-1760 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer firm of William Chawner (British), firm of William Eley (British), firm of William Fearn (British) 1956.12 1809-1810 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer Elizabeth Oldfield (British) 1956.335 1752-1753 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 Thomas Foster (British) 1955.373 1804-1805 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer firm of Charles Aldridge (British), firm of Henry Green (British) 1956.13 1774-1775 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer possibly by William Tant (British) 1956.336 1759-1760 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer firm of Charles Wright (British), firm of Thomas Whipham (British) 1955.192 1765-1766 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer firm of William Chawner (British), firm of William Eley (British), firm of William Fearn (British) 1955.546 1808-1809 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Skewer firm of William Eley (British), firm of William Fearn (British) 1956.14 1800-1801 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998
Standing Madonna and Child France, 19th century 1940.342 19th century Medieval Art May 31, 1998
Skewer Benjamin Tait (Irish) 1955.193 1792 - 1793 Decorative Art and Design May 31, 1998

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