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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 Accession Date Created Departmentsort descending Deaccession Date
Male Figure Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Songye people 2010.453 early 1800s-early 1900s African Art September 5, 2016
Woman Seated at Table Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938) 1969.21 late 1800s-early 1900s American Painting and Sculpture March 4, 2015
Young Diana Janet Scudder (American, 1873-1940) 1942.796 1911 American Painting and Sculpture March 1, 2020
Irish Landscape Alexander H. Wyant (American, 1836-1892) 1935.216 1865 American Painting and Sculpture May 1, 2007
Landscape, New Mexico Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943) 1930.665 1923 American Painting and Sculpture May 1, 2007
Music Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938) 1940.372 c. 1895-1900 American Painting and Sculpture March 4, 2015
Head of a Boy George De Forest Brush (American, 1855-1941) 1933.221 c. 1910 American Painting and Sculpture May 1, 2007
Coral Red Porcelain Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1956.716 18th Century Chinese Art October 20, 2005
Saucer: Qingbai ware China, Song dynasty (960-1279) 1918.419 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Baluster Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Kangxi reign (1661-1722) 1944.143 1662-1722 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Bottle-shaped Sang de Boeuf Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Qianlong mark and reign (1735-1795) 1939.200 1736-1795 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Baluster Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1944.149 Chinese Art October 20, 2005
Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Qianlong reign (1735-1795) 1939.201 1736-1795 Chinese Art October 20, 2005
Female Figure China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644) 1930.320 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Baluster Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1944.150 Chinese Art October 20, 2005
Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Qianlong mark and reign (1735-1795) 1939.202 1736-1795 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Vase: Fahua Ware China, Jiangxi province, Ming dynasty (1368-1644) 1916.1194 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Female Figure China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644) 1930.321 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Double-Melon Shaped Vase China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Yongzheng reign (1722-1735) 1944.163 1723-1735 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Celadon Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Qianlong reign (1735-1795) 1939.207 1736-1795 Chinese Art June 4, 2000

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