Cindy Sherman - Wired: Online Auction London Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Germany
    Dorotheum, Vienna, 27 November 2012, lot 11
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    Cindy Sherman

    American • 1954

    Seminal to the Pictures Generation as well as contemporary photography and performance art, Cindy Sherman is a powerhouse art practitioner.  Wily and beguiling, Sherman's signature mode of art making involves transforming herself into a litany of characters, historical and fictional, that cross the lines of gender and culture. She startled contemporary art when, in 1977, she published a series of untitled film stills.

    Through mise-en-scène​ and movie-like make-up and costume, Sherman treats each photograph as a portrait, though never one of herself. She embodies her characters even if only for the image itself. Presenting subversion through mimicry, against tableaus of mass media and image-based messages of pop culture, Sherman takes on both art history and the art world.

    Though a shape-shifter, Sherman has become an art world celebrity in her own right. The subject of solo retrospectives across the world, including a blockbuster showing at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and a frequent exhibitor at the Venice Biennale among other biennials, Sherman holds an inextricable place in contemporary art history.

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Madame de Pompadour breakfast set

each stamped with the manufacturer's mark and numbered '8B /75' on the underside; stamped with the artist's signature 'Cindy Sherman' on the underside of the plates and saucers
screenprinted, glazed porcelain, in 23 parts
plate 21.2 x 21.1 x 2.4 cm (8 3/8 x 8 1/4 x 0 7/8 in.)
teacup 12.1 x 10.3 x 4.5 cm (4 3/4 x 4 x 1 3/4 in.)
saucer 14.9 x 14.9 x 2.3 cm (5 7/8 x 5 7/8 x 0 7/8 in.)
sugar pot 11 x 12.4 x 8.3 cm (4 3/8 x 4 7/8 x 3 1/4 in.)
milk jug 10.8 x 11 x 7.3 cm (4 1/4 x 4 3/8 x 2 7/8 in.)
teapot 19.1 x 18.9 x 10.1 cm (7 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 3 7/8 in.)

Executed in 1990, this set is number 8 B from an edition of 75 in 4 colour variants, manufactured in Limoges.

£4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for £3,780

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Wired: Online Auction

Online Auction 10 - 18 February 2021