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Tureen with Cover and Under Plate, "Madame de Pompadour (nee Poisson) Pattern"

Decorative Arts

This limited-edition tureen was manufactured in the famed pottery factory at Limoges, France, according to designs by the noted contemporary American photographer Cindy Sherman. The highly embellished Rococo style of the tureen became popular during the reign of the French king Louis XV (1715–1774), and porcelain was an important vehicle for its spread throughout Europe. The object is decorated with printed photographic images of Sherman in the guise of Madame de Pompadour, a mistress of Louis XV’s and an avid collector of porcelain. These images are typical of Sherman’s work: the artist is known for turning the camera on herself in order to raise questions about a variety of issues, particularly the role of women in society. Madame de Pompadour’s maiden name was Poisson, French for “fish,” and the interior bottom of the tureen is embellished with a still-life image that combines fish with luxurious jewelry in an amusing reference to both Pompadour and her social status.
MEDIUM Porcelain with painted and silk-screened decoration
DATES 1990
DIMENSIONS Tureen with Cover: 10 1/4 x 14 5/8 x 9 1/4 in. (26 x 37.1 x 23.5 cm) Other (Under Plate): 2 1/2 x 22 1/8 x 17 1/8 in. (6.4 x 56.2 x 43.5 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Underside, (a) tureen: printed in black: " Madame de Pompadour/Nee poisson (1721 1764)/ by/ Cindy Sherman/ for/ [company logo] ARTES MAGNUS/10B/25/ [signature] cindy sherman(?)/ silk screened and hand/painted by/ [company logo]Ancienne Manufacture/Royale/Fondee en 1737/ Limoges France." (b) Underside: " Madame de Pompadour/Nee poisson (1721 1764)/ by/ Cindy Sherman/ for/ [company logo] ARTES MAGNUS/10B/25/ [signature] cindy sherman(?)/ silk screened and hand/painted by/ [company logo]Ancienne Manufacture/Royale/Fondee en 1737/ Limoges France." (c) Underside: " Madame de Pompadour/Nee poisson (1721 1764)/ by/ Cindy Sherman/ for/ [company logo] ARTES MAGNUS/10B/25/ [signature] cindy sherman(?)/ silk screened and hand/painted by/ [company logo]Ancienne Manufacture/Royale/Fondee en 1737/ Limoges France."
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2009.47a-c
EDITION 10 from an edition of 25
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Estate of Mary Hayward Weir, by exchange
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Cindy Sherman (American, born 1954). Tureen with Cover and Under Plate, "Madame de Pompadour (nee Poisson) Pattern," 1990. Porcelain with painted and silk-screened decoration, Tureen with Cover: 10 1/4 x 14 5/8 x 9 1/4 in. (26 x 37.1 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Estate of Mary Hayward Weir, by exchange, 2009.47a-c. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE bottom, CUR.2009.47a_bottom.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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Tureen with Cover and Under Plate, "Madame de Pompadour (nee Poisson) Pattern"