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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
Tablespoon George Hanners (American, c. 1696-1740) 1940.207 c. 1720 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Ladle Walter King (American, 1792-1855) 1943.213 c. 1830-1850 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Coffee Pot Jean-François Faucher (French) 1967.159 1789 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Beaker Henry Farnam (American, 1773-1833) 1940.434 c. 1810 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Porringer America, late 18th - early 19th century 1940.250 c. 1800-1830 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Sugar Tongs Eli Mygatt (American, 1742-1807) 1919.871 c. 1800 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Salt Spoon America or Europe, 18th century 1940.280 c. 1720-1735 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tankard England, London, 18th century 1944.57 1706 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon Paul Revere II (American, 1735-1818) 1940.330 c. 1785 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Mug Zachariah Brigden (American, 1734-1787) 1940.151 c. 1755 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Supporting Figure of a Crouching Triton Italy, Florence ?, 16th century 1975.30 c. 1550-1560 European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Teaspoon Samuel II Drowne (American, 1749-1815) 1940.386 c. 1770-1780 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon William Cowell (American, 1713-1761) 1940.180 c. 1710 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tazza John East (British) 1934.277 1700 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Coffee Pot Jacob Marsh (British) 1942.809 1774-1775 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon America, 18th century 1940.409 c. 1720-1730 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
Hercules Italy, Rome, 17th century 1989.156 c. 1750 European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Tablespoon America (probably), early 20th century 1943.215 early 1900s Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Jacob's Dream copy after Domenico Fetti (Italian, c. 1589-1623) 1940.437 1600s European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010

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