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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., 06/29/2022
E.g., 06/29/2022
Filter by the date CMA deaccessioned the artwork
Title Artist/Origin Former Accession Date Created Departmentsort descending Deaccession Date
Male Figure Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Songye people 2010.453 early 1800s-early 1900s African Art September 5, 2016
Head of a Boy George De Forest Brush (American, 1855-1941) 1933.221 c. 1910 American Painting and Sculpture May 1, 2007
Woman Seated at Table Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938) 1969.21 late 1800s-early 1900s American Painting and Sculpture March 4, 2015
Young Diana Janet Scudder (American, 1873-1940) 1942.796 1911 American Painting and Sculpture March 1, 2020
Irish Landscape Alexander H. Wyant (American, 1836-1892) 1935.216 1865 American Painting and Sculpture May 1, 2007
Landscape, New Mexico Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943) 1930.665 1923 American Painting and Sculpture May 1, 2007
Music Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938) 1940.372 c. 1895-1900 American Painting and Sculpture March 4, 2015
Tray China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644) 1966.374 modern Chinese Art October 20, 2005
Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1915.354 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Landscape Wang Jiyuan (Chinese, 1893-1975) 1943.453 1900s Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Landscape Huang Binhong (Chinese, 1864-1955) 1991.121 1952 Chinese Art October 20, 2005
Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1961.217 Chinese Art October 20, 2005
Vase with Eighteen Lohan China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Kangxi reign (1661-1722) 1942.714 1662-1722 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Vase: T'u Ting yao China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644) 1915.358 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Bamboo and Landscape; Bamboo Wang Jiyuan (Chinese, 1893-1975) 1943.454 1900s Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Vase in the Shape of an Archaic Bronze (Zun) China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Kangxi reign (1661-1722) 1942.718 1662-1722 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Oil Bottle China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644) 1948.208 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Jar: Cizou Ware China, Yuan dynasty (1271-1368) 1915.368 Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Jar: Cizhou Ware China, Yuan dynasty (1271-1368) 1948.211 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Jar: Ding ware China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644) 1915.370 Chinese Art June 4, 2000

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