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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
Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Qianlong reign (1735-1795) 1920.406 1736-1795 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Bowl China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Xuande reign (1425-1435) 1920.409 1426-1435 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Teapot: Yamato Ware Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1920.416 19th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Model of a Makimono Japan, Showa Period (1926-1989) 1920.480 20th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Persimmon Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1920.481 19th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Skeleton Mixing in a Bowl Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1920.482 19th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Table with Lion Carving Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1920.484 19th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Old Man and a Rat Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1920.485 19th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Human-Headed Dragon-Horse Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1920.488 19th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Demon Reading and Another Nearby Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1920.489 19th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Man in a Paper Lantern Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1920.491 19th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
No Dancer Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1920.492 19th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Snake, Frog, and Snail Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1920.494 19th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Woman Hugging the Long Nose of a Mask Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1920.495 19th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Squid and Two Children Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1920.496 19th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Platter Samuel Ellis (British) 1920.5 1700-1750 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Inro Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1920.511 18th century Japanese Art June 6, 1999
Platter England, London, 18th century 1920.6 1700s Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Platter Stephan Cox (British) 1920.7 1700-1750 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Candlestick Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) 1920.729 1600s Korean Art February 28, 1999

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