Cindy Sherman
Tea Service

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Madame de Pompadour (nee Poisson) 1990
8 x 7.5 x 4.75″ (teapot)
Photo: Tony Cunha. 1997.28.1

Cindy Sherman is a photographer known for her role-playing self portraits. In this porcelain tea service, Sherman is part of the decoration. She is posing as the historical person of Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise of Pompadour, who was the mistress of King Louis XV and patroness of the Manufacture Royale de Sèvres.

Sherman’s tea service includes cups, saucers, and plates for six and was produced in a limited edition after the original historical design commissioned by Madame de Pompadour in 1756 at the Sèvres porcelain factory.