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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
Box with Cover: Wazhaping ware China, Hunan province, Changsha, Five dynasties (907-960) 1917.318 906-960 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Inro Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1917.362 19th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Vase China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644) 1917.381 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Birds and Flowering Trees China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1917.385 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Bottle China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644) 1917.4 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Bottle China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644) 1917.6 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Pitcher England, 19th century 1917.900 c. 1810-1830 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Pitcher England, 19th century 1917.901 c. 1810-1830 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Jug England, 19th century 1917.902 c. 1810-1830 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Plate Staffordshire Factory (British) 1917.903 c. 1820-1830 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Woman and Child Japan, 19th century 1918.134 1800s Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Plaque T. E. Roesler (German) 1918.324 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Pot Germany (?), 18th century 1918.406 1700s Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Cup F. Santesson (Swedish) 1918.411 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Saucer: Qingbai ware China, Song dynasty (960-1279) 1918.419 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Gourd-Shaped Bottle Korea, Goryeo period (918-1392) 1918.426 918-1392 Korean Art February 28, 1999
Bowl Korea, Goryeo period (918-1392) 1918.439 12th century Korean Art February 28, 1999
Bowl Korea, Goryeo period (918-1392) 1918.441 12th century Korean Art February 28, 1999
Bowl Korea, Goryeo period (918-1392) 1918.444 12th century Korean Art February 28, 1999
Basin Korea, Goryeo period (918-1392) 1918.452 12th-13th Century Korean Art February 28, 1999

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