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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
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Title Artist/Origin Former Accession Date Created Department Deaccession Datesort ascending
Spoon England, London, 18th century 1947.167 1774-1775 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Sauceboat Europe, 18th century 1940.205 c. 1740-1750 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
Coffee Pot Jacob Marsh (British) 1942.809 1774-1775 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Cup Moody Russell (American, 1694-1761) 1940.259 c. 1720-1761 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon Thomas Coit (American, 1791-1841) 1921.922 c. 1830-1840 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Punch Ladle America, 18th century 1940.154 c. 1750 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Strainer Spoon America, 18th century 1940.221 c. 1740 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Coffee Pot Jean-François Faucher (French) 1967.159 1789 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Salt Spoon possibly by William Eaton (British) 1951.101 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Edwin, from Dr. James Beattie's Minstrel copy after Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) 1989.249 18th century European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Teaspoon firm of J. R. Albertson (American, 1823-1907), firm of Royal Cowles (American, 1897) 1950.76 c. 1849-1855 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon Edward Davis (American, 1781) 1940.383 c. 1770-1780 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Cup Samuel Edwards (American, 1705-1762) 1940.194 c. 1740 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Marrow Spoon England, 18th century 1940.374 c. 1760 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon England (probably), early 18th century 1940.212 c. 1700 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Bell England, 18th century 1940.165 c. 1720 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon Robert Shepherd (American), William Boyd (American) 1938.288 c. 1810-1825 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Cream Jug Zachariah Brigden (American, 1734-1787) 1920.253 c. 1785 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Stirrup Peru, 18th century 1942.856 1700s Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010

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