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What is this?

Tureen (a) of bulging and lobed oval form with two scrolling loop handles at either side and four scrolled feet; the white body with pink ground decorated at front and back with large central cartouches showing the artist as Madame de Pompadour in low-cut bodice and wig of silvery curls, with landscape in background; the pink surface embellished with platinum scrollwork and floral sprays, the flower buds rendered as fish; the articulated surfaces of the white handles and feet also picked out with platinum. Interior of bowl white, the floor decorated with scene of fish lying among ropes of pearls, all resting on soft folds of blue fabric. The domed and lobed cover (b), with pink ground decorated with platinum scrollwork and floral sprays as on tureen, and having central knob in the form of large platinum-colored flower buds with white and platinum leaves. The platter (c) of roughly oval shape having a white rectangular well, and wide everted rim, its two scrolled ends forming handles, and decorated with images of the artist as Madame de Pompadour; the articulated surface with pink ground, picked out with platinum scrollwork and floral sprays as on tureen.

Why is this in our collection?

From Acquisition Justification: "This fabulous Madame de Pompadour Née Poisson (1721-1764) Soup Tureen and Platter (1990), replete with boisterous, flamboyant Rococo-esque ornament was designed by the contemporary artist/photographer Cindy Sherman, whose photographic portrait in the guise of the King's mistress also adorns the vessel.  Produced by the New York firm Artes Magnus, the tureen was fabricated in a limited edition (25) in four colors-rose, apple green, yellow, and blue--by the La Manufacture Ancienne in Limoges. The idea for the Sherman project originated in 1988 (the same year of Sherman's history portraits), when Artes Magnus approached Sherman to create porcelain designs for... more

This is a covered tureen and stand from France. It is dated 1990 and we acquired it in 2003. Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

glazed porcelain, photo-transfer (silkscreen), painted-platinum decoration

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (a, b and c): 30 x 56.1 x 37 cm (11 13/16 x 22 1/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On undersides of tureen, cover, and platter: applied in black, over glaze: "Madame de Pompadour / Nee Poisson (1721 1764)" in script / "by" / "CINDY SHERMAN" / "For" / monogram "AM" surrounded by "ARTES MAGNUM" in circular format / "23R / 25" [written in black, over glaze] / "Cindy Sherman" signature / "Silkscreened and" / "handpainted at" in script / "Ancienne Manufacture Royale / Fondee / 1737" all in cartouche / "LIMOGES FRANCE".

This object was manufactured by Ancienne Manufacture Royale de Limoges and produced by Artes Magnus and designed by Cindy Sherman

This object was purchased from Artes Magnus

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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