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Line Vautrin Desk Accessories

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
Les Sept Péchés Capitaux Paperweight by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A solid cast bronze paperweight entitled "Les Sept Péchés Capitaux" (The Seven Deadly Sins) by French Parisin art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997 ) circa 1945-46. The lovely piece fe...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Desk Accessories

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French Line Vautrin "La Dernière Cène" Last Supper Paper Holder Gilded Bronze
By Line Vautrin
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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 Desk Accessories

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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 Desk Accessories

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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 Desk Accessories

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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 Desk Accessories

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Line Vautrin desk accessories for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Line Vautrin desk accessories are available for sale. These distinctive items are often made from Resin and are designed with extraordinary care. In our line of Line Vautrin desk accessories, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 2 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original desk accessories by Line Vautrin were created in France during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider desk accessories by Lancel Paris, S. T. Dupont and Le Tanneur. The prices for Line Vautrin desk accessories can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $8,500 and tops out at $11,924, while pieces like these can sell for $10,212 on average.

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