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|
|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|