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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
Ladle England, London, 19th century 1945.174 1824-1825 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon America (probably), late 19th - early 20th century 1940.160 1890-1916 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
River God Italy, Venice, late 17th-early 18th century 1962.124 c. 1700 European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Ladle Europe, probably England, 18th century 1940.399 c. 1770 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Strainer Spoon Walter Tweedie (British) 1955.350 c. 1775 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon John Edwards (British) 1940.190 c. 1730 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Dessert Spoon America, 19th century 1934.328 c. 1840-1860 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Self-Portrait copy after Anton Raphael Mengs (German, 1728-1779) 1985.596 c. 1773 or later European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Teaspoon William Simpkins (American, 1704-1780) 1940.417 c. 1730-1750 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Cream Jug America, 18th century 1940.218 c. 1730-1740 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Teaspoon J. R. Albertson (American, 1823-1907) 1950.74 c. 1860 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
Sugar Spoon Royal Cowles (American, 1897) 1957.151 c. 1846-1849 or 1857- c. 1870 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Cream Jug America, 18th century 1940.289 c. 1720-1740 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Ladle England, London, 19th century 1945.175 1824-1825 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Tablespoon John Burt (American, 1693-1746) 1940.162 c. 1730 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010
Sextus Tarquinius Threatening Lucretia Gerhard Hubert (Dutch, c. 1550-1622/23) 1962.245 1581 - 1620 European Painting and Sculpture September 6, 2010
Porringer possibly by Andrew Tyler (American, 1692-1741) 1940.400 c. 1725-1730 Decorative Art and Design September 6, 2010

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