shopping 01.29.04

Artes Magnus

Cindy Sherman as Madame de Pompadour on Limoges china is just part of the highly imaginative Artes Magnus, 212.674.3043, collection. The company, started by four art collectors — Richard and Barbara Lane, Bill Ehrlich, and Ruth Lloyds — has contemporary artists design limited-edition sets and pieces for the tabletop that are consistent with their work.

We asked Ms. Sherman how her work for Artes Magnus evolved, and she told us that she went to Limoges to see the original molds and there were some dishes designed by or for Mme. de Pompadour. Ms. Sherman started with a tureen, working some fish into the gold pattern after discovering Mme. de P.'s maiden name was Poisson. "I created a character type loosely based on her…the design was meant to accentuate the gaudiness of her period." When everyone saw how it looked, the project extended to a dinnerware and tea set.

There is a full service by Dan Flavin, a finger bowl by Kiki Smith, a serving platter by Jean Tinguely, and an Elijah Cup by Tom Otterness (pictured). The 30-piece Cindy Sherman dinner service is $5,000, the Elijah Cup is $2,000.
On the other side of the price spectrum, modestly-priced but permanently-stylish Russel Wright dinnerware, flatware, and glassware is available from Oneida. More here.

At Saigoniste, 186 Spring [Sullivan/Thompson] 212.925.4610, gorgeous lacquerware, tableware, and accessories.

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