Covered Tureen And Stand, "Madame de Pompadour (née Poisson)", 1990
Glazed porcelain with photo-transfer (silkscreen) and painted-platinum decoration. Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund. 2003-4-1-a/c.
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?
This fabulous soup tureen and platter (1990), replete with boisterous, flamboyant rococo-style ornament, was designed by the contemporary artist and photographer, Cindy Sherman, after a design originally commissioned by Madame de Pompadour (née Poisson), mistress to King Louis XV. Sherman’s photographic self-portrait fills the central cartouche, showing her in the guise of Pompadour in 18th-century costume with wig, white-powdered complexion, prosthetic breasts, and jewels. Produced by the New York firm Artes Magnus, the tureen was fabricated in a limited edition of 25 in four colors (rose, apple green, yellow, and blue) by the La Manufacture Ancienne in Limoges. Artes Magnus is owned by real estate... more
This object has been included in the following exhibitions: