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Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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.

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Creator: Line Vautrin
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...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

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...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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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 ...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

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...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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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...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

French, Line Vautrin, Gilded Bronze Pocket Emptier "Main dans les flots"
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
La main dans les flots (The hand in the waves) is one of the many objects on the theme of the sea, recurring in the work of the artist Line Vautrin. It is a pocket emptier that repr...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

French Silvered Bronze Paperweight Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A silvered cast bronze rectangular paperweight by Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1940s. A lovely piece of desktop object d'art in a relatively uncommon form and ...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

La Main Dans Les Flots by Line Vautrin, Silvered Bronze Cup, France
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
This pocket emptier reprensents a small hand in the sea waves. The cup is made of silvered bronze while the hand is gilded. The theme of the sea, recurrent in the work of Line Vaut...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Large French Sculpted Bronze Box by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large bonze box (based on the size, it is likely a card case) by French Parisian art jewelry designer Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1950s. The box features an interesting design i...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

French Bronze Art Buckle Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
Belonged to the series "Rulked by Angels" created by Parisian art Jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1945-1950, this lovely and uncommon cast bronze belt buckle is called "Le Cho...
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1940s French Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Silvered Bronze Box “Ophélie”, Line Vautrin, France
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
The lid of this box depicts Ophelia, a fictional character from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet tragedy, singing just before her drowning. The object was probably manufactured in th...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

L’orage 'the Storm' by Line Vautrin, Gilt Bronze Compact
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
About L'Orage (The Storm) by Line Vautrin Powder compact in gilded bronze representing a church steeple surmounted by a rooster, the steeple surrounded by about fifteen lightning bo...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Line Vautrin, Mirror "Soleil à pointes n°4", circa 1955
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
A Circular convex mirror in talosel and orange, black and red mirror.
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1950s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Mirror, Talosel

Les Roseaux À Visage Humain by Line Vautrin, Gilt Bronze Box, France
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
About "Les roseaux à visage humain" (Reeds with human face) by Line Vautrin Box in gilded bronze decorated on the front face and on the underside. The front face representing reeds...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

French Line Vautrin "La Dernière Cène" Last Supper Paper Holder Gilded Bronze
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
A gilded bronze paperweight (La Dernière Cène) (The last supper) On the reverse extract of a poem by Jacques Prevert Ils sont à table Ils ne mangent pas Ils ne sont pas dans leu...
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1950s French Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

L’abeille Hybride 'the Hybrid Bee' by Line Vautrin, Gilt Bronze Brooch, France
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
About L'abeille hybride (The hybrid bee) by Line Vautrin The hybrid bee represents an imaginary character between a bee and a human. We present here the version mounted on a brooch...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Les Filles de Neptune by Line Vautrin, Silvered Bronze Box, France
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
Silvered bronze box whose lid is finely chiseled with an illustration of mythological figures. This model is also sometimes referred to as "Zeus Daughters". Signed by stamping on...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Line Vautrin 'La Balayeuse Du Sacré Coeur' Silvered Bronze Box
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
A very rare box by Line Vautrin called "La balayeuse du Sacré Coeur" (The Sacré Coeur Sweeper) This box depicts a sweeper working on Basilique du Sacré coeur stairs in Paris (Montm...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Silvered Bronze Box with Relief Cast Poem by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A wonderful jewelry box in silvered cast bronze by Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997). From a small special series, the designer created circa 1945-55. on which poems were...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

French Silvered Bronze Box Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A silvered bronze Poudrier "Le loup et le renard" (The wolf and the fox). by Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1940s. The square box features a relief cast of two s...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Bronze Necklace Pendant Saint Laurent Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A cast bronze pendant titled Saint Laurent by French art jewelry designer Line Vautrin (1913-1997). Gilt bronze, circa late 1940s. It depicts the 3rd century Christian Saint Lawrence...
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1940s French Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Large Gilt Bronze Feuille 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 "Feuille" (Leaf) features an irregular leaf form wit...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Line Vautrin's 'LA COURBE EST LE SYMBOLE DE LA FEMME' powder box from the '40s
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line Vautrin's Powder box 'LA COURBE EST LE SYMBOLE DE LA FEMME' 1940 Gilt bronze and mirrored glass Measure: Diameter 7 cm.
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1940s French Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

French Bronze Brooch "Pergatoire" by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A hanging articulate three-piece gilt bronze brooch "Purgatoire" also known as "Le Ciel, la Terre, et l'Enfer." by Line Vautrin (1913-1997). Each element with figure symbolizes Heave...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

French Gilt Bronze Box Coffre Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A lovely cast bronze powder box (poudrier) by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1950-1960s. The box features a geometrically grid top surface with a four by ...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Gilded Bronze Box with Poem by French Art Jeweler Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A gilt bronze poudrier box with cast poem on surface by Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1940s. The poem "Les 4 ages de la Femme" was an old French lyrical poem th...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Large French Silvered Bronze Box Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A silvered bronze poudrier box "Ammonite" by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997). In the 1940s, Line Vautrin designed a series that was inspired by the shape of na...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

French Bronze Belt Buckle Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A cast bronze two-piece bronze buckle with hook and loop verso by French art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997). The sculptural pieces are In a rare Inca motif, with triangular indenta...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

French Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A bronze brooch by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997), circa 1940s. The large brooch is cast and lightly polished without a heavy gilt. The design is intriguing whi...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

French Sculptured Gilt Bronze Box by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A gilt bronze box or podier by French Jeweler Line Vautrin, in the pattern of "Moise ou la traversee du desert" coric 1940s-1950s. A rare mode in the box, the top surface of the cov...
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Mid-20th Century French Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Line Vautrin Mother-of-Pearl Powder Compact
By Line Vautrin
Located in New York, NY
Powder compact in silvered bronze with incised mother-of-pearl top. Signed.
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20th Century French Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Large and Rare Gilt Bronze Box Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large gilt bronze poudrier box (power compact) called "Versailles or Les Paves du Roy" (The King's Paving Stone) by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1940s...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

French Bronze Brooch Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A cast bronze brooch by French Parisian Art Jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1950s. The small lovely bronze pieces features a medallion insignia design with olive branch wreath...
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1950s French Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Enamel

Gilt Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A gilt bronze brooch by Line Vautrin circa 1940s-1950s. The small brooch features a double scroll pattern reminiscent of the classic Greek Ionic form. Monogrammed LV on the back as s...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

French Gilt Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A brooch in gilded bronze by French art jeweler Line Vautrin circa 1950s-1960s. The unusual model depicts the mathematical sign of infinity, on which appears in relief inscription of...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

French Bronze Brooch Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A gilt bronze brooch in sculptural form called Le Char de la lune (The Chariot of the Moon) circa 1945-1955 by French Art Jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997). A long pin on the back and...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Line Vautrin Gilt Bronze Box Signed
By Line Vautrin
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Line Vautrin gilt bronze box signed.
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

French Silvered Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A bronze brooch in a silvered finish by French art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) entitled "Mignonne Allons Voir Si La Rose" (Sweetheart, let's see if the rose). The large round br...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A gilt bronze brooch by French art jewelry designer Line Vautrin (1913-1997) Untitled circa late 1940s. The brooch depicts a horn with twisted texture wrapped with articulated chains...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Gilt Bronze Reliquary Pendant by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A piece of wonderful jewelry by Line Vautrin designed in 1941 on the subject of St Foi, a child martyr on the early fourth century and the patron saint of prinsoers, in a rare form o...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Articulate Bronze Brooch "Pergatoire" by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A hanging articulate three-piece gilt bronze brooch "Purgatoire" also known as "Le Ciel, la Terre, et l'Enfer." by Line Vautrin. Each element with figure symbolizes Heaven, Earth and...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Line Vautrin Talosel Bowl
By Line Vautrin
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Unique and unusual bowl by Line Vautrin. A handcrafted dish made of Talosel Resin and glass, truly one of a kind.
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Resin

French Sculptured Gilt Bronze Box by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
An oval shape poudrier gilt bronze box by Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1950. The name of this lovely box is called "two pigeons loved each other tenderly". Gra...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

'40s 'Si tous les gars du monde...' box by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
'Si tous les gars du monde...', box by Line Vautrin 1940 Silvered bronze and corkwood 8x3 cm Signed.
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1940s French Vintage Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Line Vautrin's Box in Gilt Bronze and Corkwood
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
‘Si tous les gars du monde..’ (‘If all the guys in the world..’) Line Vautrin's box in gilt bronze and corkwood Circa 1945 Bronze doré / golden bronze.   
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21st Century and Contemporary French Line Vautrin Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Line Vautrin decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs

Vautrin decorative objects are available for sale on 1stDibs. Line These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Line Vautrin decorative objects, there are many options to choose from, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 61 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original decorative objects by Line Vautrin were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider decorative objects by Roger Capron, Christian Dior and Vallauris if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Line Vautrin decorative objects can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $1,500 and tops out at $112,944, while pieces like these can sell for $5,800 on average.

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