Artes Magnes

Something's Fishy about this Tureen


My selected object was part of the Cooper-Hewitt exhibition, Rococo: the Continuing Curve 1730-2008. As a docent at Cooper-Hewitt, I remember joyous laughs of recognition as visitors on my tours spotted the New York artist Cindy Sherman's portrait as Madame de Pompadour replacing flowers in a cartouche surrounded by a warm pink known as Pompadour pink for the patron of the original 18th-century service on which this is based.
Madame de Pompadour, Cindy Sherman, Sèvres, Limoges, Artes Magnes, Porcelain, rococo