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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
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.
Category

1950s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Talosel

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 and marked 4 on the back.   
Category

1960s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Talosel

Mirror "Romain"
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Mirror in talosel resin, mirror fragments and glass. Incised to verso LINE VAUTRIN. Diameter: 20.3 cm (8 in).
Category

1950s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Talosel

Line Vautrin, Mirror "Soleil À Pointes N°4", circa 1970s
By Line Vautrin
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Spectacular mirror by Line Vautrin Made in France 1970s circa made with Venetian glass and 24k gold.  
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Art Glass

Miroir "Gerbera", circa 1955
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Talosel scale inlaid with green and beige mirror, with the circular convex mirror. Signed Line Vautrin.
Category

1950s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

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...
Category

1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Silver Leaf

"Chardon" Mirror, circa 1955
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Circular convex mirror in beige talosel and gold mirror. Signed Line VAUTRIN on the back.
Category

20th Century French Art Deco Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Talosel

Line Vautrin, Round Wall Mirror in Red Talosel, France, C. 1940s
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 ...
Category

1940s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, 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...
Category

1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Glass, Mirror, Talosel

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

1950s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Talosel

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).
Category

1960s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Talosel

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...
Category

1950s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Talosel

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

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
Category

1950s Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin, Talosel

'50s Line Vautrin 'Comete' Mirror
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
'50s Line Vautrin 'Comete' mirror.
Category

1950s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin, Talosel

1990s French Aline de CordayLine Vautrin Talosel Technique Mirror
By Line Vautrin
Located in Aspen, CO
Unique 1990s French Aline de Corday line Vautrin Talosel technique mirror.
Category

1990s French Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror

Line Vautrin's 'Mazarin' Mirror
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line Vautrin's Mazarin mirror 1960 Black talosel and convex mirror
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin, Talosel

Line Vautrin "Mazarin" Mirror, circa 1965
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Circular black talosel structure inlaid with sixteen original convex mirrors. Signed « Line Vautrin » on the back. Very good condition, original mirror, light restorations of the st...
Category

20th Century French 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
Category

1960s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Talosel

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

1960s Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin, 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
Category

1960s Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

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
Category

1960s Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

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.
Category

1960s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Talosel

Related Items
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 and marked 4 on the back.   
Category

1960s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Talosel

"Chardon" Mirror, circa 1955
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Circular convex mirror in beige talosel and gold mirror. Signed Line VAUTRIN on the back.
Category

20th Century French Art Deco Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Talosel

  • "Chardon" Mirror, circa 1955
  • "Chardon" Mirror, circa 1955
  • "Chardon" Mirror, circa 1955
  • "Chardon" Mirror, circa 1955
H 14.57 in. Dm 14.57 in.
Lamp "Ananas"
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
"Pineapple" lamp in talosel with green reflective background and high relief tips. Signed "Line Vatrin".
Category

1950s French Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Talosel

  • Lamp "Ananas"
  • Lamp "Ananas"
  • Lamp "Ananas"
  • Lamp "Ananas"
H 11.42 in. Dm 3.94 in.
Miroir "Gerbera", circa 1955
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Talosel scale inlaid with green and beige mirror, with the circular convex mirror. Signed Line Vautrin.
Category

1950s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Talosel

  • Miroir "Gerbera", circa 1955
  • Miroir "Gerbera", circa 1955
  • Miroir "Gerbera", circa 1955
  • Miroir "Gerbera", circa 1955
H 0.79 in. Dm 7.09 in.
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).
Category

1960s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Talosel

  • Mirror "Mazarin"
  • Mirror "Mazarin"
  • Mirror "Mazarin"
  • Mirror "Mazarin"
H 12.6 in. Dm 12.6 in.
Mirror "Romain"
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Mirror in talosel resin, mirror fragments and glass. Incised to verso LINE VAUTRIN. Diameter: 20.3 cm (8 in).
Category

1950s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Talosel

  • Mirror "Romain"
  • Mirror "Romain"
  • Mirror "Romain"
  • Mirror "Romain"
H 8 in. Dm 8 in.
Bronze Sculpture "Woman Sitting Head in Her Arm" by Joseph Csaky, circa 1930
By Joseph Csaky
Located in Paris, FR
Sculpture in bronze with black patina. Signed and numbered 5/8. Stamped with the foundry stamp Landowski and marked AC (Atelier Csaky). Model from circa 1930, the present cast is a...
Category

1930s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Bronze

"Ariane" Sculpture by Kelli Bedrossian, 2018
By Kelli Bedrossian
Located in Paris, FR
Plaster Unique piece Signed, stamped and numbered EAI.
Category

2010s French Art Deco Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Plaster

  • "Ariane" Sculpture by Kelli Bedrossian, 2018
  • "Ariane" Sculpture by Kelli Bedrossian, 2018
  • "Ariane" Sculpture by Kelli Bedrossian, 2018
  • "Ariane" Sculpture by Kelli Bedrossian, 2018
H 20.08 in. W 9.85 in. D 8.67 in.
Butterfly
By Kelli Bedrossian
Located in Paris, FR
Plaster Unique piece Signed and stamped.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Plaster

  • Butterfly
  • Butterfly
  • Butterfly
  • Butterfly
H 23.63 in. W 19.69 in. D 11.82 in.
Syracuse
By Kelli Bedrossian
Located in Paris, FR
Bronze with black patina on an ebony base Limited edition of 8 Signed, stamped and numbered 3/8 Seal of the founder.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Bronze

  • Syracuse
  • Syracuse
  • Syracuse
  • Syracuse
H 27.37 in. W 11.42 in. D 9.85 in.
Matea
By Kelli Bedrossian
Located in Paris, FR
Bronze with black patina Limited edition of 8 Signed, stamped and numbered Seal of the founder.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Bronze

  • Matea
  • Matea
  • Matea
  • Matea
H 25.6 in. W 16.54 in. D 16.54 in.
Elena
By Kelli Bedrossian
Located in Paris, FR
Bronze sculpture on an ebony base Limited edition of 8 Signed, stamped and numbered 1/8 Seal of the founder.  
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Line Vautrin Mirrors

Materials

Bronze

  • Elena
  • Elena
  • Elena
  • Elena
H 53.94 in. W 10.24 in. D 10.24 in.

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 in our line of Vautrin mirrors collection, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 15 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original mirrors by Line Vautrin were created in France during the 20th century in Art Deco style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider mirrors by Frida Minet, Adrien Audoux and Chaty Vallauris and Maison Jansen. Prices for Line Vautrin mirrors can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $3,900 and tops out at $137,579, while pieces like these can sell for on average $74,503.

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