Tea With Cindy

Museum gift shop aficionados will have noted that in the past couple of years postcards, pencils and key rings have not been all that is on offer to invite us to prise money out of our wallets made from recylced tyres or waxed newspaper. Purchasing a slice of art from the artists whose works one has only just seen hung on the crisp white gallery walls has its place in secured vitrines on the shop floor with a 'please ask for assistance' sign subtly placed in a corner. 

Cindy Sherman's Madame de Pompadour (née Poisson) may be familiar to culture vultures - I for one have spotted this 21-piece porcelain tea service in The Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, New York. Through art retailer Other Criteria, Sherman has reissued the commemorative service - named after Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV of France - and continues her chameleon practice using her own face on the Limoges produced wares. 

Available in four colourways as an edition of 75 in each colour, it makes a perfect addition to tea on the terrace looking out onto the parterre... non? Manor house not included. Shoreditch penthouse preferable.