Butte C-2

  • Billie Jean Theide, Butte C-2, 1993, copper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1993, Billie Jean Theide, Gift of the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2002.70.15A-B

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Billie Jean Theide fashioned this teapot design after the rugged rock formations of the American West, but it also resembles an ancient artifact that might have been unearthed from the seabed. The powdery green patina on the surface, which forms when the metal is exposed to moist air or salt, emphasizes this excavated appearance. The teapot’s solid, looming silhouette evokes a giant ironclad, cutting through the water with its “spout” leading the way like a rusty cannon.

Title
Butte C-2
Artist
Date
1993
On View
Dimensions
3 x 7 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (7.7 x 19.6 x 7.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Mediums Description
copper
Classifications
Object Number
2002.70.15A-B
Palette
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