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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
Strainer Spoon America or Europe, 18th century 1940.181 c. 1740-1750 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon Samuel Vernon (American, 1683-1737) 1940.279 c. 1720-1735 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Salt Spoon possibly by William Eaton (British) 1951.101 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Mustard Pot with Hinged Cover England, London, 18th century 1934.289 1788 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
Strainer Spoon America, 18th century 1940.286 1700s 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
Coffee Pot with Hinged Cover England, London, 18th century 1934.294 1763 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Cup Samuel Edwards (American, 1705-1762) 1940.194 c. 1740 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon Cary Dunn (American, 1798) 1940.186 c. 1780 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon Benjamin Goodwin (American, 1732?-1792?) 1940.398 c. 1750-1765 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon Oliver D. Seymour (American) 1932.420 c. 1845-1856 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Cream Jug England (probably), 18th century 1940.393 c. 1760-1770 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Cann America, 18th century 1940.166 c. 1750 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Nutmeg Grater attributed to Joseph Taylor (British, 1773-1812) 1940.272 c. 1800 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tankard Edward Winslow (American, 1669-1753) 1940.283 c. 1700-1710 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon Daniel Russell (American, 1771) 1940.256 c. 1750 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
Strainer Europe, 18th century 1940.182 c. 1750-1780 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon George Hanners (American, c. 1696-1740) 1940.208 c. 1730 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010

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