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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 ascending Date Created Department Deaccession Date
Congo Village Paul B. Travis (American, 1891-1975) 2013.76 1960 Drawings March 4, 2015
Elephants Paul B. Travis (American, 1891-1975) 2013.75 1960 Drawings March 4, 2015
Nightmare in Bodie, California Paul B. Travis (American, 1891-1975) 2013.74 1945 Drawings March 4, 2015
Head of Drusus Minor (13 B.C. - A.D. 23) Roman, 1st century 2012.29 probably after A.D. 23 and likely before A.D. 37 Greek and Roman Art December 4, 2016
Male Figure Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Songye people 2010.453 early 1800s-early 1900s African Art September 5, 2016
Oval Stool Georges Jacob (French, 1739-1814) 2003.254 c. 1780 Decorative Art and Design June 5, 2011
Coverlet America, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Union Furnace, 19th century 2001.246 1837 Textiles February 19, 2015
Soup Plate probably by Guérhard et Dihl (French) 1998.415 c.1805 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Epitaph Plaques for Yi Gi-ha Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) 1998.291 1718 Korean Art June 6, 2021
Portrait of a Man with an Insignia on his Jacket Continental, 18th-19th century 1997.83 1700s - 1800s European Painting and Sculpture June 6, 2010
Bracelet Italy, Etruscan, 6th century BC 1996.17 6th century BC Greek and Roman Art March 1, 2009
Bracelet Italy, Etruscan, 6th century BC 1996.16 6th century BC Greek and Roman Art March 1, 2009
Amphora with Spiked Handles Italy, Latium, Italic, 3rd quarter 7th Century BC 1995.65 650-625 BC Greek and Roman Art March 28, 2021
Amphora with Spiked Handles Italy, Latium, Italic, 3rd quarter 7th Century BC 1995.64 650-625 BC Greek and Roman Art March 28, 2021
Head Pendant Lebanon, Syro-Phoenicia 1994.97 600-500 BC Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art March 28, 2021
Friendly Enemies Lorenz Hutschenreuther Factory (German), Gunther Granget (German) 1994.284 1968-1969 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Foxes Malvern Studio (British), Edward Marshall Boehm (American) 1994.283 1971 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Doe and Fawn Rosenthal Porcelain Factory (German) 1994.282 1957-1961 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Two Fantail Fish Rosenthal Porcelain Factory (German), Fritz Heidenreich (German) 1994.281 1957-1961 Decorative Art and Design November 29, 2009
Gourd-Shaped Ewer Korea, Goryeo period (918-1392) 1992.75 12th-13th century Korean Art February 28, 1999

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