Cindy Sherman, ‘Madame de Pompadour (née Poisson) Tureen’, 1990, Artware Editions

Cindy Sherman has created this Limoges porcelain tureen set in a limited edition after the original design commissioned by Madame de Pompadour (née Poisson) in 1756 at the Manufacture Royale de Sevres.

The self-portrait image of the artist as Madame de Pompadour has been transferred onto porcelain through a complex process which requires up to 16 photo-silkscreens. Each tureen and platter is silk-screened and painted at Ancienne Manufacture Royale, fired on four different occasions, and then individually signed and numbered.

This tureen is originally available in four traditional 18th-century colors: apple green, rose (SOLD OUT), royal blue. and yellow (SOLD OUT). Each color is in an edition of 25.

Signature: Signed and numbered on bottom of platter.

Manufacturer: Bernardaud

About Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman established her reputation—and a novel brand of uncanny self-portraiture—with her “Untitled Film Stills” (1977-80), a series of 69 photographs of the artist herself enacting female clichés of 20th-century pop culture. Though her work continually re-examines women’s roles in history and contemporary society, Sherman resists the notion that her photographs have an explicit narrative or message, leaving them untitled and largely open to interpretation. “I didn’t think of what I was doing as political,” she once said. “To me it was a way to make the best out of what I liked to do privately, which was to dress up.” Always in meticulous costumes, wigs, and makeup, Sherman has produced series in which she dresses as women from history paintings, fashion, and pornography. In the late 1980s and into the ’90s, she expanded her focus to more grotesque imagery, like the mutilated mannequins of her “Sex Pictures” (1992).

American, b. 1954, Glen Ridge, New Jersey, based in New York, New York