Skip to main content

Line Vautrin

Celebrated as the “poetess of metal” by Vogue magazine, designer Line Vautrin’s provocative works, which span furniture and jewelry, are characterized by fanciful forms and technical excellence. An audacious decorative artist and intellectual during a time when women were expected to fall into traditional roles, her inspirational designs show her passion for literature, wordplay and mythological allegory.

Born in 1914, Vautrin possessed a sense of curiosity and keen observational skills that led her to start creating at an early age. A talented autodidact, she taught herself to work with metal while spending time in her family’s bronze foundry. Vautrin had already mastered the skills of casting, carving, gilding and polishing bronze by the time she was in her early teens, and introduced her first line of jewelry when she was only twenty years old, offering her unique brooches, belt clasps and buttons to a select group of customers. In 1937, Vautrin helmed a small booth at the Paris International Exposition, where she gained some notoriety for her handcrafted accessories. Around the same time, Vautrin worked briefly for Elsa Schiaparelli, a like-minded fashion designer whose achievements propelled her onto the cover of Time magazine in 1934.

Vautrin opened a modest boutique near the Champs-Élysées in the late 1930s. During World War II, she created playful and sophisticated necklaces, powder boxes, earrings and other items that gave her clientele a welcome respite from wartime hardships. There was great demand for Vautrin’s work, and she opened a larger shop on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in 1946. Shortly thereafter, she opened her own atelier in Paris’s then run-down Marais district with her husband, interior decorator Jacques Armand Bonnaud. The neighborhood would later become world-famous for its boutiques and designer shops.

Vautrin’s boundless curiosity led her to constantly experiment with new materials and processes. In 1955, she perfected her technique with a new form of cellulose acetate resin, which she patented under the name Talosel. Vautrin used this material extensively to create complicated mirrored inlays, which became one of her signature motifs.

Throughout her life, Vautrin played with literary and religious iconography in her designs, drawing inspiration from common aphorisms, ancient world mythologies and alchemical principles. Her passion for symbology and the written word is reflected in her work, which often features intricate lettering and carefully rendered shapes and figures. Vautrin's pieces were imbued with her own sense of humor and love of fantasy.

In 1969, Vautrin closed her shop, and, alongside her daughter, Marie-Laure Bonnaud-Vautrin, opened a craft school to teach her innovative techniques to aspiring artists. Vautrin retired in 1980 but continued to create art from her apartment up until her death in 1997. Her individualism earned her a place among the most iconic creators of mid-century jewelry and decorative objects. Actress Brigitte Bardot and fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent became notable collectors of her work.

In 1992, Vautrin was recognized for her work in developing new decorative techniques by the Société d'Encouragement aux Métiers d’Art (later the Institut National des Métiers d’Art). Her designs were also celebrated by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which held a retrospective of her works in 1999.

Find vintage Line Vautrin mirrors, decorative objects and collectibles on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
$5,178
Styles
Materials
Pair of Bronze and Enamel Earrings Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of bespoken earrings by French Art Jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997). The cast bronze earring features a sculptural design that evokes an archaic form with shell like scroll an...
Category

1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin

Materials

Bronze

Le Manège 'the Merry-go-round' by Line Vautrin, Pair of Gilt Bronze Earrings
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
About Le Manège (The merry-go-round) by Line Vautrin Rare pair of gilt bronze earrings. Each earring representing a merry-go-round on which three horses are suspended. Each earrin...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin

Materials

Bronze

Early Gilt Bronze Necklace by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A gilt bronze necklace with chain and a square plaque on the subject of "Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden" with apple tree in the center, designed and made by Line Vautrin in her e...
Category

1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin

Materials

Bronze

  • Early Gilt Bronze Necklace by Line Vautrin
  • Early Gilt Bronze Necklace by Line Vautrin
  • Early Gilt Bronze Necklace by Line Vautrin
  • Early Gilt Bronze Necklace by Line Vautrin
H 10 in. W 2.5 in. D 0.2 in.
Gilt Bronze Fleur Box by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large cast bronze powder box (poudrier) by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1945-1950. The box called "Fleur" (Flower) features a round form with stylized...
Category

1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin

Materials

Bronze

French Art Bronze Bracelet by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A rare cuff bracelet in gilded and silvered bronze by Parisian art jewller Line Vautrin (1913-1997). The playful piece is called "Le gendarme et le voleur" (The police agent and the ...
Category

1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin

Materials

Bronze

  • French Art Bronze Bracelet by Line Vautrin
  • French Art Bronze Bracelet by Line Vautrin
  • French Art Bronze Bracelet by Line Vautrin
  • French Art Bronze Bracelet by Line Vautrin
H 2 in. W 2.5 in. D 2.25 in.
French Art Bronze Brooch St Eloi by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A rare bronze brooch St Eloi by Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin ((French, 1913–1997) circa 1946. Brilliantly designed in the shape of horseshoe with the saint spreading his arms ho...
Category

1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin

Materials

Bronze

Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A lovely brooch in gilt cast bronze made by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1940s. The brooch belongs to a collection called "The moon and the starts in th...
Category

1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin

Materials

Bronze

  • Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
  • Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
  • Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
  • Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
H 2.2 in. W 3 in. D 0.5 in.
Vache Grasse, Vache Maigre by Line Vautrin, Pair of Gilt Bronze Brooches
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of gilt bronze brooches. The first represents a lean cow in a medallion, the second a fat cow. Allusion to the fact that cows lose weight when they lack food. This expression...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin

Materials

Bronze

Browse all Furniture from Line Vautrin
Shop Now

Line Vautrin Sellers

Unforget Decorative Arts
5.0
Galerie Charraudeau
5.0
BLUE IRIS / IRIS BLEU
5.0
Galerie Marcilhac
No Reviews Yet
Vintage Luxury
5.0
GCM by Galerie Chastel-Marechal
No Reviews Yet
FCK Paris New York
4.9

Line Vautrin furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Line Vautrin furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our line of Vautrin furniture collection, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 104 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Line Vautrin were created in Europe during the 20th Century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture from Christian Dior, Vallauris and Accolay Pottery. Prices for Line Vautrin furniture may vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$1,500 and tops out at US$137,579, while pieces like these can sell for US$6,625.

Recently Viewed

View More