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|
|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|