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.
|Title||Artist/Origin||Former Accession||Date Created||Department||Deaccession Date|
|Portrait of a Man||Germany, 18th century||1423.1923||1719 (?)||European Painting and Sculpture||September 6, 2010|
|Portrait of a Woman||Germany, 18th century||1424.1923||18th century||European Painting and Sculpture||September 6, 2010|
|House Under a Cliff Overlooking the Sea||China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)||1915.109||Chinese Art||October 20, 2005|
|Landscape||China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)||1915.113||Chinese Art||October 19, 2005|
|Three Figures and Landscape||China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)||1915.115||Chinese Art||October 20, 2005|
|Box||Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868)||1915.315||c. 1750||Japanese Art||June 6, 1999|
|Vase||China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)||1915.353||Chinese Art||October 18, 2005|
|Vase||China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)||1915.354||Chinese Art||October 19, 2005|
|Vase: T'u Ting yao||China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)||1915.358||Chinese Art||June 4, 2000|
|Jar: Cizou Ware||China, Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)||1915.368||Chinese Art||June 4, 2000|
|Jar: Ding ware||China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)||1915.370||Chinese Art||June 4, 2000|
|Flat Bowl: Longquan Ware||China, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)||1915.393||960-1127||Chinese Art||October 19, 2005|
|Seated Yakushi Nyorai||Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)||1915.404||Japanese Art||September 7, 1998|
|Bronze Bottle||Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)||1915.405||c. 1700||Korean Art||February 28, 1999|
|Console Table||England, 18th century||1915.577||c. 1750||Decorative Art and Design||September 5, 2011|
|Gate Legged Table||America, Colonial Period, c. 18th century||1915.578||c. 1700s||Decorative Art and Design||September 5, 2011|
|Box||China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)||1915.614||Chinese Art||October 20, 2005|
|Chest||England, 17th century||1915.681||1674||Decorative Art and Design||September 5, 2011|
|Landscape||China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Qianlong reign (1736-95)||1915.95||c. 1644-1911||Chinese Art||October 20, 2005|
|Inro||Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868)||1916.1175||19th century||Japanese Art||June 6, 1999|