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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., 06/26/2022
E.g., 06/26/2022
Filter by the date CMA deaccessioned the artwork
Title Artist/Origin Former Accession Date Created Department Deaccession Datesort ascending
Teaspoon WH (American) 1940.402 c. 1760 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Cup Samuel Edwards (American, 1705-1762) 1940.194 c. 1740 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
The Descent of the Holy Ghost Flanders, Mechelen, 17th century 1942.861 1600s European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Porringer America, late 18th - early 19th century 1940.423 late 1700s - early 1800s Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Pitcher America, early 19th century 1955.554 c. 1800 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Sauceboat DI 1940.230 1700s Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Strainer Spoon possibly by Thomas Townsend (American, 1701-1777) 1940.269 c. 1760 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Wine Taster Noël-César Boutherone-Desmarais (French) 1934.302 1772 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Cream Jug America, 18th century 1940.292 c. 1720-1740 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon Daniel Boyer (American, 1725-1779) 1940.378 c. 1760 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon Samuel Burt (American, 1724-1754) 1940.168 c. 1740-1750 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Spur England, 19th century 1940.403 c. 1850 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon John Gibbs (American, 1751-1797) 1940.198 c. 1770-1775 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tazza Nathaniel Locke (British) 1943.180 1702-1703 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon America, 18th century 1940.426 c. 1750-1765 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Pietà with Mary Magdalen Giuseppe Bazzani (Italian, 1690-1769) 1955.682 after 1750 European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Caster America, possibly Boston, 18th century 1940.231 c. 1755-1775 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Portrait of a Man Germany, 18th century 1423.1923 1719 (?) European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Teaspoon America, 19th century 1951.100 c. 1830 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon America, 18th century 1940.270 c. 1735 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010

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