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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., 08/05/2021
E.g., 08/05/2021
Filter by the date CMA deaccessioned the artwork
Title Artist/Origin Former Accession Date Created Department Deaccession Datesort ascending
Porringer America, 18th century 1940.422 c. 1790 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon Jacob Sargeant (American, 1761-1843) 1951.94 c. 1810-1830 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Ladle Europe or America, 20th century 1940.203 early 1900s Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Caster America (possibly), 18th century 1940.217 c. 1730 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Porringer Knight Leverett (American, 1702-1753) 1940.232 c. 1730-1750 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon Peebles and Wilson (American) 1932.421 c. 1830-1850 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Small Tray Paul Storr (British, 1771-1844) 1942.815 1813-1814 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Spoon John (American) Stuart (American, 1737) 1940.264 c. 1710-1720 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Cream Jug America, 18th century 1940.289 c. 1720-1740 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Bowl Joseph Parker (British) 1942.808 1803-1804 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Caster England, 18th century 1940.143 c. 1760 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon Newton E. Crittenden (American, 1872) 1951.98 c. 1850-1860 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Ladle Benjamin Burt (American, 1729-1805) 1940.159 c. 1760-1780 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
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
Two-handled Cup firm of Edward Barnard (British), firm of Rebecca Emes (British, 1828) 1955.347 1817-1818 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon England, London, 18th century 1937.595 c. 1710 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Sauceboat DI 1940.230 1700s Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Dinner Plate Jean Baptiste François Chéret (French, 1728-aft 1791) 1934.303 1767 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Small Tray Paul Storr (British, 1771-1844) 1942.814 1816-1817 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon William Waite (American, 1730-1826) 1940.281 c. 1780 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010

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