Accessioning and deaccessioning are terms used to describe the process of objects entering or leaving a museum collection. The MIA adheres to the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) guidelines on deaccessioning objects. Information about deaccessioned objects will be added as it becomes available. Funds garnered through the sale of deaccessioned works of art will be reapplied towards the purchase of new works of art in each respective curatorial area.

The MIA may deaccession an object for a number of reasons. Below are definitions for the terms used to explain why the curators chose to remove an object from the collections.

Deaccessioning Terms

  • Duplicate example:  An object that is an identical copy to another accessioned object, thus making it redundant to the collection.
  • Forgery:   An object that is created, adapted, altered, or imitated with the intent to deceive. Copies, studio replicas, and reproductions are not considered forgeries, though they may later become forgeries through knowing and willful misrepresentation.
  • Not relevant to the museum’s mission: An object outside of the museum’s collecting purview. For example, the MIA would not collect dinosaur bones or geological specimens.
  • Poor or inherently unstable condition: An object or artwork that is not of requisite museum quality. Such objects are not suitable for display in the galleries; they are unsuitable for exhibition or study, and may have deteriorated beyond reasonable repair.
  • Repatriated: The return of cultural objects or works of art to their country of origin (usually referring to ancient art), or its former owners and/or heirs (usually referring to looted material). Contested objects range widely from sculptures and paintings to monuments and human remains.
  • Secondary Example: An object of which we have a primary, superior example. A secondary example is not of the first order of quality.
  • Extensive Restoration: This object shows evidence of heavy restoration with a majority of non-original components.
Recent Deaccessions
 
Title
Date
Deaccessioned
Cassone19th centuryJune 21, 2011
Chest15th-19th centuryJune 21, 2011
Octagonal TableParts possibly 17th centuryJune 21, 2011
Drawing Room Interior18th century and laterJune 21, 2011
Console Table18th centuryJune 21, 2011
Chair18th centuryJune 21, 2011
Daybed18th centuryJune 21, 2011
Chest15th centuryJune 21, 2011
Armchair18th centuryJune 21, 2011
Pair of urns with pedestals19th centuryJune 21, 2011
Model of the Frigate “Constitution”1928June 21, 2011
Library table17th centuryJune 21, 2011
Pair of armchairs (fraileros)16th centuryJune 21, 2011
Pair of altar candlesticks19th centuryJune 21, 2011
Dressing table with mirror17th centuryJune 21, 2011
Pair of armchairsc. 1900June 21, 2011
FrameJune 21, 2011
Tabernacle Frame16th centuryJune 21, 2011
Athenian Red-figure Volute Krater460-450 B.C.3/27/2011
Smoke over Rooftops1911September 16, 2008

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Cassone

Date19th century
MediumWalnut
Dimensions25 1/2 x 72 x 23 1/4 in. (64.77 x 182.88 x 59.06 cm)
Place of CreationItaly, Europe
Credit LineThe William Hood Dunwoody Fund
Accession Number13.3
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonExtensive Restoration
Valuation$4,000 - $6,000 Christie’s estimate

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Chest

Date15th-19th century
MediumWood
Dimensions31 x 53 1/2 x 21 3/4 in. (78.74 x 135.89 x 55.25 cm)
Place of CreationEngland, Europe
Credit LineThe William Hood Dunwoody Fund
Accession Number19.21
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonExtensive Restoration
Valuation$1,500 - $2,000 Christie’s estimate

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Octagonal Table

DateParts possibly 17th century
MediumWalnut
Dimensions33 1/2 x 45 1/4 in. (85.1 x 114.94 cm)
Place of CreationItaly, Europe
Credit LineThe William Hood Dunwoody Fund
Accession Number13.15
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonExtensive Restoration
Valuation$5,000 - $8,000 Christie’s estimate

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Drawing Room Interior

Date18th century and later
MediumWood, plaster, mirrors
Dimensions142 x 152 x 260 in. (360.68 x 386.08 x 660.4 cm)
Place of CreationFrance, Europe
Credit LineThe Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund
Accession Number27.5
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonSecondary Example
Valuation$50,000 - $100,000 Christie’s Estimate

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Console Table

Date18th century
MediumMahogany and other woods, paint, marble
Dimensions35 1/4 x 41 3/4 x 20 1/4in. (89.5 x 106 x 51.4cm)
Place of CreationItaly, Europe
Credit LineThe William Hood Dunwoody Fund
Accession Number27.36a,b
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonExtensive Restoration
Valuation$12,000 - $18,000 Christie’s estimate

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Chair

ArtistGeorges Jacob
Date18th century
MediumMahogany, leather
Dimensions37 x 18 x 18 in. (93.98 x 45.72 x 45.72 cm)
Place of CreationFrance, Europe
Credit LineThe William Hood Dunwoody Fund
Accession Number27.61
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonSecondary Example
Valuation$2,000 - $3,000 Christie’s estimate

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Daybed

Date18th century
MediumWood, pigments, satin upholstery
Dimensions38 3/4 x 72 x 28 in. (98.43 x 182.88 x 71.12 cm)
Place of CreationFrance, Europe
Credit LineThe William Hood Dunwoody Fund
Accession Number30.41
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonPoor or inherently unstable condition
Valuation $5,000-$8000 Christie's estimate

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Chest

Date15th century
MediumOak
Dimensions32 1/2 x 74 x 26 1/2 in. (82.55 x 187.96 x 67.31 cm)
Place of CreationNetherlands, Europe
Credit LineBequest of John R. Van Derlip in memory of Ethel Morrison Van Derlip
Accession Number35.7.21
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonExtensive restoration
Valuation$10,000 - $20,000 Christie’s estimate

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Armchair

Date18th century
MediumWood, leather upholstery
Dimensions42 1/4 x 18 1/2 x 24 1/4 in. (107.32 x 46.99 x 61.6 cm)
Place of CreationItaly, Europe
Credit LineBequest of John R. Van Derlip in memory of Ethel Morrison Van Derlip
Accession Number35.7.22
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonSecondary Example
Valuation$5,000 - $8,000 Christie’s estimate

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Pair of urns with pedestals

Date19th century
MediumMahogany, gilt bronze
Dimensions39 1/2 in. (100.33 cm) (base)
Place of CreationEngland, Europe
Credit LineThe William Hood Dunwoody Fund
Accession Number39.3, .4
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonSecondary Example
Valuation $5,000 - $8,000 Christie’s estimate for the pair

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Model of the Frigate “Constitution”

Date1928
MediumWhite oak, pine and copper
Dimensions79 in. (200.66 cm)
Place of CreationExcelsior, Minnesota, United States, North America
Credit LineGift of Mrs. Wilbur Fiske Decker
Accession Number42.36
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonNot relevant to the museum’s mission
Valuation$2,000 - $3,000 Christie’s estimate

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Library table

Date17th century
MediumOak
Dimensions30 x 94 in. (76.2 x 238.76 cm)
Place of CreationEngland, Europe
Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip W. Pillsbury
Accession Number52.23
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonSecondary example
Valuation$2,000 - $3,000 Christie’s estimate

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Pair of armchairs (fraileros)

Date16th century
MediumOak
Dimensions47 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 25in. (120.6 x 64.8 x 63.5cm)
Place of CreationSpain, Europe
Credit LineGift of Mrs. Keith Merrill in memory of her husband, Mr. Keith Merrill
Accession Number63.63.2, .3
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonPoor or inherently unstable condition
Valuation$2,000 - $3,000 Christie’s estimate for the pair

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Pair of altar candlesticks

Date19th century
MediumBronze
Dimensions27 in. (68.58 cm)
Place of CreationVenice, Italy, Europe
Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Bennett
Accession Number68.12.1, .2
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonSecondary Example
Valuation$2,500 - $3,500 Christie’s estimate for the pair

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Dressing table with mirror

Date17th century
MediumChinoiserie, red lacquer
Dimensions25 5/8 x 26 x 19 1/2 in. (65.1 x 66 x 49.5 cm)
Place of CreationSpain, Europe
Credit LineBequest of Miss Tessie Jones in memory of Herschel V. Jones
Accession Number68.41.16
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonPoor or inherently unstable condition
Valuation $2,000 - $3,000 Christie’s estimate

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Pair of armchairs

Datec. 1900
MediumWood and silver gilt
Dimensions42 1/2 x 30 x 33 in. (107.95 x 76.2 x 83.82 cm)
Place of CreationGermany, Europe
Credit LineGift of Mrs. Margaret Weyerhaeuser Harmon
Accession Number70.61.15, .16
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonSecondary example
Valuation $4,000 - $6,000 Christie's estimate for the pair

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Frame

Formerly on Henri Matisse, Three Bathers
Dimensions24 7/8 x 29 7/8 in. (63.18 x 75.88 cm) (sight)
Place of CreationFrance, Europe
Credit LineBequest of Putnam Dana McMillan
Accession Number61.36.14 ter
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonPoor or inherently unstable condition

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Tabernacle Frame

Formerly on Lorenzo Costa, Portrait of a Cardinal in his Study
Date16th century
MediumWood, gilding, paint
Dimensions30 1/8 x 42 in. (76.52 x 106.68 cm) (sight)
Place of CreationEmilia, Italy, Europe
Credit LineThe John R. Van Derlip Fund and the William Hood Dunwoody Fund
Accession Number70.17 ter
Deaccession DateJune 21, 2011
ReasonPoor or inherently unstable condition

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Athenian Red-figure Volute Krater

ArtistAttributed to the Methyse Painter, Greek (Attica)
Date460-450 B.C.
MediumSlip-glazed earthenware
Dimensions23 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. (59.69 x 34.93 cm)
Place of CreationAttica, Greece, Europe
Credit LineThe Centennial Fund: Gift of funds from Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Dayton
Accession Number83.80
Deaccession Date3/27/2011
ReasonRepatriated

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Smoke over Rooftops

ArtistFernand Léger
Date1911
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions23 3/4 x 37 3/4 in. (60.3 x 95.9 cm)
Place of CreationFrance, Europe
Credit LineBequest of Putnam Dana McMillan
Accession Number61.36.12
Deaccession DateSeptember 16, 2008
RecipientAlphonse Kann Association
Transfer NotesPicked up by ArtServe, 10/28/08
ReasonRepatriated

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