Cowboy Boots

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Bill Wilhelmi designed this pair of porcelain cowboy boots specifically for the Renwick Gallery show, American Porcelain: New Expressions in an Ancient Art. The artist was inspired to begin casting ceramic cowboy boots after seeing a collection of authentic footwear. This pair of boots is unique because it was the first that Wilhelmi modeled in porcelain. They were cast from an actual pair and as a result exhibit signs of aging in the creased porcelain at the ankles. The wing tips on the toes of the shoes, as well as the heels, are glazed with a gold luster, and the boots are airbrushed with an evening desert landscape.
Topic
Landscape\desert
Landscape\weather\cloud
Landscape\celestial\star
Landscape\plant\cactus
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Artist
William Wilhelmi, born Garwin, IA 1939
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Medium
slip-cast, airbrushed-underglaze and glazed porcelain with gold lusters
Dimensions
left boot: 14 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 4 in. (36.2 x 26.0 x 10.2 cm) right boot: 14 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 4 1/8 in. (36.2 x 26.0 x 10.5 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
1980
Type
Decorative Arts-Ceramic
Crafts
Object number
1981.107A-B