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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
Cream Jug America, probably New England, 18th century 1940.290 c. 1780 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon England (probably), early 18th century 1940.212 c. 1700 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon America, 18th century 1940.420 c. 1770-1785 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
Teaspoon Jacob Hurd (American, 1702-1758) 1940.407 c. 1730-1740 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Bagpipe Player Germany, Nuremberg, 17th century 1970.361 c. 1600 European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Pietà with Mary Magdalen Giuseppe Bazzani (Italian, 1690-1769) 1955.682 after 1750 European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Teaspoon Robert Shepherd (American), William Boyd (American) 1938.288 c. 1810-1825 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Spoon England, London, 18th century 1947.167 1774-1775 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Stirrup Peru, 18th century 1942.856 1700s 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
Teaspoon America, 19th century 1921.924 1800s Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Pap Boat America, 19th century 1940.169 c. 1800-1825 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
The Young John the Baptist Giuseppe Maria Crespi (Italian, 1665-1747) 1936.350 c. 1715 European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Tablespoon John Edwards (British) 1940.190 c. 1730 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Sugar Basket America (probably), late 18th century 1940.251 c. 1790-1800 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon Edward Davis (American, 1781) 1940.384 c. 1760-1770 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Cup Charles Farley (American, 1892-) 1940.395 1812-c. 1860 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Pewter Spoon America, 17th century type 1947.166 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Spur England, 19th century 1940.403 c. 1850 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010

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