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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
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Title Artist/Origin Former Accessionsort descending Date Created Department Deaccession Date
Saucer: Qingbai ware China, Song dynasty (960-1279) 1918.464 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Saucer: Qingbai ware China, Song dynasty (960-1279) 1918.467 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Bowl: Qingbai ware China, Song dynasty (960-1279) 1918.494 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Statuette of a Monk China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644) 1918.498 14th-15th Century Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Statue of Buddha Korea, Silla Dynasty (57 BC-AD 668) 1918.499 57 B.C. - A.D. 668 Korean Art February 28, 1999
Pindola, Disciple of Buddha Lan-T'ien, Chen-si Province, Ming dynasty (1368-1644) 1918.540 16th Century Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Saint and Lion China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1918.545 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Tankard England 1918.585 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Inro Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1918.827 19th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Tray: Satsuma Ware Japan, 19th century 1918.834 1800s Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Saki Bottle Japan, 19th century 1918.849 1800s Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Saki Cup Stand: Satsuma Ware Japan, 19th century 1918.852 1800s Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Incense Burner Japan, 19th century 1918.855 1800s Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Saki Cup Stand Japan, 19th century 1918.856 1800s Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Incense Burner Japan, 19th century 1918.857 1800s Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Incense Burner Japan, 19th century 1918.860 1800s Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Cup France, 19th century 1919.174 c. 1800-1810 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Egg Cup Sèvres Porcelain Factory (French, est. 1756) 1919.175 1833 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Cup France, 19th century 1919.177 1800-1810 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Dish Netherlands, Oude Loosdrecht, 18th century 1919.182 c. 1780 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009

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