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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
Tablespoon Newton E. Crittenden (American, 1872) 1951.98 c. 1850-1860 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Pitcher Joseph Shoemaker (American, 1764-1829) 1924.748 c. 1800-1810 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Sugar Tongs Eli Mygatt (American, 1742-1807) 1919.871 c. 1800 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Sugar Spoon Royal Cowles (American, 1897) 1957.151 c. 1846-1849 or 1857- c. 1870 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Cream Jug America, 18th century 1940.289 c. 1720-1740 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Ladle England, London, 19th century 1945.175 1824-1825 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon John Burt (American, 1693-1746) 1940.162 c. 1730 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Caster America (possibly), 18th century 1940.401 c. 1750-1770 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Wine Taster France, Angers, mid-18th century 1955.356 mid 1700s Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Cream Jug Joseph Edwards (American, 1737-1783) 1940.193 c. 1775 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Interior of an Inn follower of Pieter Jacobs Codde (Dutch, 1599-1678) 1948.462 1600s European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Teapot with Hinged Cover firm of Richard Gurney (British) 1935.37 1760 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Christ and the Woman of Samaria Flanders, Mechelen, 17th century 1942.860 1600s European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Shell Dish firm of John (British) Angel (British), firm of Joseph Angel (British) 1964.415 1838-1839 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Porringer America, 18th century 1940.422 c. 1790 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Salt possibly by Joseph Holt Ingraham (American, 1752-1841) 1940.229 c. 1770-1830 Decorative Art and Design 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
Cann America, late 19th - early 20th century 1940.267 late 1800s - early 1900s Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon James H. Morse (American) 1951.99 c. 1820 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Ladle Scotland, Edinburg, 19th century 1957.354 1804-1805 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010

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