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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 Department Deaccession Datesort ascending
Head of Buddha West India, Chalnkya, 7th-9th Century 1944.60 7th - 9th century Indian and Southeast Asian Art September 5, 2016
Seated Buddha Pakistan, Gandhara, Kushan Period (1st century-320) 1961.418 c. AD 200–250 Indian and Southeast Asian Art September 5, 2016
Music Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938) 1940.372 c. 1895-1900 American Painting and Sculpture March 4, 2015
Nightmare in Bodie, California Paul B. Travis (American, 1891-1975) 2013.74 1945 Drawings March 4, 2015
Hanuman Cambodia, Koh Ker, 10th century 1982.46 921-945 Indian and Southeast Asian Art March 4, 2015
Elephants Paul B. Travis (American, 1891-1975) 2013.75 1960 Drawings March 4, 2015
Congo Village Paul B. Travis (American, 1891-1975) 2013.76 1960 Drawings March 4, 2015
Woman Seated at Table Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938) 1969.21 late 1800s-early 1900s American Painting and Sculpture March 4, 2015
Coverlet America, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Union Furnace, 19th century 2001.246 1837 Textiles February 19, 2015
Pair of Salt Dishes France, Moustiers, 18th century 1962.369 c. 1775 Decorative Art and Design July 10, 2014
Women Reaching for the Moon Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991) 1947.69 1946 Modern European Painting and Sculpture September 2, 2013
La Rosa Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002) 1960.286 1943 Modern European Painting and Sculpture September 2, 2013
Wheat Field Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926) 1947.197 1881 Modern European Painting and Sculpture September 3, 2012
Enthroned Madonna (Sedes Sapientiae) Northern Europe, late 12th century 1970.56 late 1100s Medieval Art September 3, 2012
Octagonal-Top Table Italy, Tuscany, 16th century 1939.181 early 1500s Decorative Art and Design June 3, 2012
Circular-Top Table Italy, Florence, late 16th century 1939.183 late 1500s Decorative Art and Design June 3, 2012
Credenza Italy, Bologna, early 17th century 1939.184 early 1600s Decorative Art and Design June 3, 2012
Chest England, 17th century 1915.681 1674 Decorative Art and Design September 5, 2011
Table Portugal, 18th century 1950.367 1700s Decorative Art and Design September 5, 2011
Credenza England, 19th century 1972.359 c. 1870 Decorative Art and Design September 5, 2011

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