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Line Vautrin Mirrors

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
Lamp "Ananas"
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
"Pineapple" lamp in talosel with green reflective background and high relief tips. Signed "Line Vatrin".
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1950s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Talosel

Line Vautrin pair of déchiquetée talosel resin mirrors 1960
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, IDF
Rare set of two “déchiquetée” talosel resin mirrors made by Line Vautrin in the mid-1960s. They are both untouched, with their original mirrors. The talosel resin has been patinated ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Glass

Line Vautrin, Mirror "Soleil torsadé", circa 1965
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Large circular convex mirror in talosel and gold mirror. Signed Line Vautrin on the back
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1960s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Mirror, Talosel

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 Mirrors

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Mirror, Talosel

Marguerite by Line Vautrin, Light Beige Talosel Mirror Inlaid with Silver Gray
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
Line Vautrin was inspired by the daisy flower (Marguerite in French) to imagine this elegant mirror made up of a row of 60 petals shaped alternately forwards and backwards. The cent...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Mirror, Talosel

Line Vautrin, Romain, Round Wall Mirror in Red Talosel, France, Circa 1960
By Line Vautrin
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful mirror by Line Vautrin is framed, like many of her finest, by strips of talosel, a material of her own creation, arranged in red like rays of a setting sun. Signed ...
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1960s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Mirror, Talosel

Large French Tudor Wall Mirror by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A stunning French convex wall mirror by Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1950s-1960s. A relatively rare model called "Tudor". Textured talosel construction with si...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Silver Leaf

Mirror "Mazarin"
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Mirror in talosel resin and mirrored glass. Signed Line Vautrin on the reverse. Measures: Diameter 32 cm (12.6 in).
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1960s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Talosel

A French Talosel Hand Mirror with Glass Inlay by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A rare hand mirror "Miroir face à main" crafted by French art jewelry designer Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1950s-1960s. The elongated oval form was covered in Talosel Noire with a...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Glass, Mirror, Talosel

Line Vautrin 'Soleil À Pointes N.4' Mirror in Talosel
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line Vautrin 'Soleil à Pointes N.4' mirror 1965 Talosel and mirror.
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1960s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin, Talosel

'50s Line Vautrin 'Soleil À Pointes N.3' Mirror in Gold Talosel
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line Vautrin 'Soleil à Pointes N.3' mirror 1955 Talosel and mirror.
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1950s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Mirror, Resin, Talosel

Sequins by Line Vautrin, Talosel Mirror
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
Sequins by Line Vautrin – Talosel mirror encrusted with pink, amber and gold mirrors. Mirror consisting of a large dark brown Talosel ring...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Mirror, Talosel

'60s Line Vautrin gold Gerbera Mirror in Talosel
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line Vautrin 'Gerbera Mirror' Talosel 1960.
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1960s Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Mirror, Resin, Talosel

'50s Line Vautrin 'Soleil À Pointes N.3' Mirror in Gold Talosel
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line Vautrin 'Soleil à Pointes N.3' mirror 1955 Talosel and mirror.
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1950s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Mirror, Resin, Talosel

"Chardon" Line Vautrin Red Mirror 20th Centhury
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Circa 1950. Talosel (resin) mirror with inlaid pieces of red mirrors Signed "Line Vautrin " on the reverse.   
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1960s French Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Talosel, Mirror

50's Line Vautrin 'Folie' talosel convex mirror
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line VAUTRIN (1913-1997) 'Folie / Le Soleil a rendez-vous avec la Lune' Circa 1958 Witch mirror, surrounded by 12 flames in black talosel. One of them wafts another small witch mirr...
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1950s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Mirror, Talosel

Line Vautrin's 'Mazarin' Mirror
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line Vautrin's Mazarin mirror 1960 Black talosel and convex mirror
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21st Century and Contemporary Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Mirror, Resin, Talosel

'60s 'Soleil à pointes n. 2' Mirror by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
'Soleil à pointes n. 2' mirror by Line Vautrin Talosel, incrustations de miroir et miroir sorcière 1960.
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1960s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Talosel

Line Vautrin's Rectangular Asymmetrical Mirror from the '60s
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line Vautrin's 'Rectangular asymmetrical' mirror 1960 Talosel, mirror inlays and mirrored glass 45x32 cm
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1960s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Talosel

Line Vautrin's Blue Chips mirror from the '60s
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line Vautrin's mirror Circular mirror, made with ocher Talosel resin and blue chips. Signed "Line Vautrin" on reverse
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1960s Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Resin, Talosel

'50s Line Vautrin 'Comete' Mirror
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
'50s Line Vautrin 'Comete' mirror.
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1950s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin, Talosel

Line Vautrin 'Pink Thistle' Mirror from the '60s
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line Vautrin 'Pink Thistle' mirror 1960
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1960s Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin, Talosel

Line Vautrin 'Twisted Sun Mirror' in Talosel from the '50s
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line Vautrin 'Twisted Sun Mirror' 1958 Mirror and golden Talosel resin
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1950s Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

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Mirror, Resin, Talosel

Line Vautrin Soleil à pointes n°1 in Talosel from the '60s
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line Vautrin mirror 'Soleil à pointes n°1' Talosel and mirror 1960
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1960s Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin, Talosel

'60s Line Vautrin Gerbera Mirror in Talosel
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line Vautrin 'Gerbera Mirror' Talosel 1960
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1960s Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin, Talosel

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Line Vautrin mirrors for sale on 1stDibs.

Line Vautrin mirrors are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of talosel and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Line Vautrin mirrors, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original mirrors by Line Vautrin were created in the mid-century modern style in france during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider mirrors by Adrien Audoux and Frida Minnet, Jacques Adnet, and Mithé Espelt. Prices for Line Vautrin mirrors can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $12,000 and can go as high as $438,271, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $97,371.

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