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|
|"Rose du Barry" Plate||China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Qianlong mark and reign (1735-1795)||1956.714||1736-1795||Chinese Art||October 20, 2005|
|A Warrior (copy after the Borghese Gladiator)||Unknown, 19th or early 20th century||1942.793||1800s or early 1900s||European Painting and Sculpture||September 6, 2010|
|Amida||Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868)||1917.1017||late 17th century||Japanese Art||February 28, 1999|
|Amphora with Spiked Handles||Italy, Latium, Italic, 3rd quarter 7th Century BC||1995.64||650-625 BC||Greek and Roman Art||March 28, 2021|
|Amphora with Spiked Handles||Italy, Latium, Italic, 3rd quarter 7th Century BC||1995.65||650-625 BC||Greek and Roman Art||March 28, 2021|
|Apple-green Vase||China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Kangxi reign (1661-1722)||1942.682||1662--1722||Chinese Art||June 4, 2000|
|Apulian Gnathia Flat-Bodied Epichysis||Italy, Middle Gnathia, 4th Century BC||1986.201||340-320 BC||Greek and Roman Art||March 1, 2009|
|Apulian Gnathia Lekythos||Italy, Middle Gnathia, 4th Century BC||1986.203||340-330 BC||Greek and Roman Art||March 1, 2009|
|Apulian Gnathia Round-Bellied Epichysis||Italy, Middle Gnathia, 4th Century BC||1986.202||c. 340-320 BC||Greek and Roman Art||March 1, 2009|
|Apulian or Campanian Red-Figure Lid with Bowl||South Italy, Apulia, 4th Century BC||1986.200||4th century BC||Greek and Roman Art||March 1, 2009|
|Apulian Volute-Krater||Darius Painter (Italian)||1988.41||c. 330 BC||Greek and Roman Art||March 1, 2009|
|Aquamanile Shaped as a Man's Bust||Germany (?), 19th Century, Gothic Revival||1974.195||19th century||Medieval Art||May 31, 1998|
|Armchair||England, 18th century||1922.54||1740-1765||Decorative Art and Design||September 5, 2011|
|Armchair||England, 17th century||1942.572||1670-1690||Decorative Art and Design||September 5, 2011|
|Armchair||England, period of Charles II, 17th Century||1942.573||1680-1685||Decorative Art and Design||September 5, 2011|
|Armchair||England, Transition Period, James II to William and Mary, 17th Century||1942.575||1685-1695||Decorative Art and Design||September 5, 2011|
|Armchair||France, 18th century||1942.600||1700-1725||Decorative Art and Design||June 5, 2011|
|Autumn Horse||Hua Yan (Chinese, 1682-about 1765)||1985.28||1733||Chinese Art||October 20, 2005|
|Bagpipe Player||Germany, Nuremberg, 17th century||1970.361||c. 1600||European Painting and Sculpture||September 6, 2010|
|Baluster Vase||China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Kangxi reign (1661-1722)||1942.707||1662-1722||Chinese Art||June 4, 2000|