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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., 06/28/2022
E.g., 06/28/2022
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Title Artist/Origin Former Accession Date Created Department Deaccession Datesort ascending
Strainer Spoon America, 18th century 1940.287 1700s Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon or Joseph II Moulton (American, 1724-1795), Joseph III Moulton (American, 1744-1816) 1945.117 c. 1765 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Madonna and Child after Benedetto da Maiano (Italian, 1442-1497) 1940.345 probably 1500s European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Portrait of a Man Germany, 18th century 1423.1923 1719 (?) European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Ladle Benjamin Burt (American, 1729-1805) 1940.159 c. 1760-1780 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon Benjamin Goodwin (American, c. 1732–c. 1792) 1940.398 c. 1750-1765 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Strainer Edward Aldridge (British) 1955.349 1762-1763 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon John Edwards (British) 1940.189 c. 1730 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Dinner Plate Jean Baptiste François Chéret (French, 1728–after 1791) 1934.303 1767 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Two-handled Vase possibly by Benjamin Smith (British) 1942.818 1814-1815 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Decorative Panel Italy, 18th century 1964.286 mid- or late 1700s European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Sugar Tongs America, 18th century 1940.416 c. 1780 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Caster America (possibly), 18th century 1940.217 c. 1730 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
Spoon John (American) Stuart (American, 1737) 1940.265 c. 1700 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon firm of T. Sedgwick Steele (American), firm of Thomas Steele (American, 1812-1875) 1951.97 c. 1859-1865 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Dram Cup Europe, 17th century 1940.288 c. 1660-1680 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Ladle England, London, 19th century 1945.174 1824-1825 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Portrait of a Woman Germany, 18th century 1424.1923 18th century European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Teaspoon America (probably), late 19th - early 20th century 1940.160 1890-1916 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010

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