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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., 07/06/2022
E.g., 07/06/2022
Filter by the date CMA deaccessioned the artwork
Title Artist/Origin Former Accessionsort descending Date Created Department Deaccession Date
Lion Suiseki Ohashi (Japanese, 1865-) 1916.1180 late 19th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Tiger Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) 1916.1181 19th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Lion Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) 1916.1182 19th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Kundika (Water Vessel) Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) 1916.1184 c. 1400 Korean Art February 28, 1999
Vase: Fahua Ware China, Jiangxi province, Ming dynasty (1368-1644) 1916.1194 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Donatrix or Queen France, 14th Century Style, 19th century, Gothic Revival 1916.2046 1800s Medieval Art January 18, 1998
Tray Austria, Vienna, 18th century 1916.559 2nd half of 18th Century Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Hair Pin Japan 1916.571 Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Scent Bottle Germany ?, 19th century 1916.621 1800s Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Inro Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1916.836 1615-1868 Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Inro Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1916.838 1615-1868 Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Inro Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1916.839 1615-1868 Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Inro Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1916.840 19th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Inro Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1916.841 1615-1868 Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Inro Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1916.842 1615-1868 Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Inro Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1916.843 1615-1868 Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Inro Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1916.844 1615-1868 Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Inro Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1916.845 c. 1870 Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Inro Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1916.846 1615-1868 Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Inro Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1916.847 1615-1868 Japanese Art June 6, 1999

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