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Line Vautrin Convex 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 Convex Mirrors

Materials

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.
Category

1950s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Convex Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, 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 Convex Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin, Talosel

Line Vautrin Rare Mirror in Talosel
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line Vautrin 'Rare Mirror' Talosel 1960.
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1960s Vintage Line Vautrin Convex Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin, 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 Convex Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin, 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...
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1950s French Vintage Line Vautrin Convex Mirrors

Materials

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 Convex Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin, Talosel

Line Vautrin's ‘Soleil à Pointes n. 2’ red mirror from the '50s
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Line Vautrin's ‘Soleil à Pointes n. 2’ red mirror 1955 Talosel resin and convex mirror
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21st Century and Contemporary French Line Vautrin Convex Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, 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 Convex Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, 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 Convex Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, 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 Convex 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 Convex 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 Convex Mirrors

Materials

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
Category

1960s Vintage Line Vautrin Convex 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
Category

1960s Vintage Line Vautrin Convex Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin, Talosel

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Line Vautrin convex mirrors for sale on 1stDibs

Line Vautrin convex mirrors are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive items are frequently made of Talosel and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our line of Vautrin convex mirrors collection, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 3 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original convex mirrors by Line Vautrin were created in France during the 20th century in Art Deco style. Many customers also look at convex mirrors by and s. Prices for Line Vautrin convex mirrors can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $74,006 and tops out at $112,944, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for $93,475.

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