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Line Vautrin Bowls and Baskets

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
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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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 Bowls and Baskets

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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 Bowls and Baskets

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Resin

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Line Vautrin bowls and baskets for sale on 1stDibs

Vautrin line bowls and baskets are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many choices to choose from in our line of Vautrin bowls and baskets, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 7 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. During the 20th century, many of the original bowls and baskets by Line Vautrin were created in the mid-century modern style in France. If you want to add more options, many customers also consider bowls and baskets from Madoura, Baccarat and Roger Capron. Prices for Line Vautrin bowls and baskets can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price for these items starts at US$4,013 and tops out at US$24,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$8,709.

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