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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
Bowl Netherlands, The Hague, 18th century 1919.194 c. 1778-1786 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Plate Bow Porcelain Factory (British) 1919.200 c. 1760 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Plate Tournay Factory (Belgian) 1919.201 c. 1775 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Plate Sèvres Porcelain Factory (French, est. 1756) 1919.202 1824-1828 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Plate France, 19th century 1919.204 c. 1800-1820 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Plate possibly by Bow Porcelain Factory (British) 1919.206 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Tray: Satsuma Ware Japan 1919.236 Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Sword Guard Japan, possibly Edo period (1615-1868) 1919.326 1615-1868 Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Bowl: Green Ware Korea, Goryeo period (918-1392) 1919.654 11th century Korean Art February 28, 1999
Cann possibly by Thomas Hammersley (American, 1727-1781) 1919.861 c. 1750-1770 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tankard John Burt (American, 1693-1746) 1919.862 c. 1730-1740 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Beaker John Aitken (American, 1785-1814) 1919.867 c. 1800-1814 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Sugar Tongs Otto Paul de Parisen (American) 1919.869 c. 1780-1795 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tongs America, 19th century 1919.870 1800s Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Sugar Tongs Eli Mygatt (American, 1742-1807) 1919.871 c. 1800 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Settee England, 18th century 1920.1259 c. 1710-1720 Decorative Art and Design September 5, 2011
Vase with Black Iron Glaze China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1920.1453 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Cream Jug Zachariah Brigden (American, 1734-1787) 1920.253 c. 1785 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Vase China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Yongzheng reign (1722-1735) 1920.390 1723-1735 Chinese Art October 20, 2005
Vase with chih dragon decor China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1920.398 Chinese Art October 19, 2005

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