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|
|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|