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Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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
Pair of Bronze and Enamel Earrings Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of bespoken earrings by French Art Jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997). The cast bronze earring features a sculptural design that evokes an archaic form with shell like scroll an...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A lovely brooch in gilt cast bronze made by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1940s. The brooch belongs to a collection called "The moon and the starts in th...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Gilt Bronze Fleur Box by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large cast bronze powder box (poudrier) by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1945-1950. The box called "Fleur" (Flower) features a round form with stylized...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Necklace by Line Vautrin in Talosel and Mirror
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Necklace in beige talosel inlaid with green mirrors with shades of mother of pearl. Reversible. Very characteristic of Line Vautrin's work. Provenance : Private collection, France.
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20th Century French Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Mirror, Talosel

Les Poissons Jumeaux by Line Vautrin, Gilt Bronze Necklace
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
About "Les poissons jumeaux" by Line Vautrin Necklace made up of two rigid parts surrounding the neck. The front part is decorated with large links. In its centre is represented a ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

L’orage 'the Storm' by Line Vautrin, Gilt Bronze Compact
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
About L'Orage (The Storm) by Line Vautrin Powder compact in gilded bronze representing a church steeple surmounted by a rooster, the steeple surrounded by about fifteen lightning bo...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

La Colombe De La Paix 'the Dove of Peace' by Line Vautrin, Gilt Bronze Brooch
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
About La colombe de la Paix (The Dove of Peace) by Line Vautrin. Brooch in gilded bronze representing the dove of La Paix. The brooch is enhanced in its center with a hot enamel de...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze, Enamel

Le Manège 'the Merry-go-round' by Line Vautrin, Pair of Gilt Bronze Earrings
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
About Le Manège (The merry-go-round) by Line Vautrin Rare pair of gilt bronze earrings. Each earring representing a merry-go-round on which three horses are suspended. Each earrin...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

L’abeille Hybride 'the Hybrid Bee' by Line Vautrin, Gilt Bronze Brooch, France
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
About L'abeille hybride (The hybrid bee) by Line Vautrin The hybrid bee represents an imaginary character between a bee and a human. We present here the version mounted on a brooch...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Flèche et Carquois by Line Vautrin, Pair of Gilt Bronze Earrings
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
About Flèche et Carquois (Arrow and Quiver) by Line Vautrin Rare pair of gilt bronze earrings. One of the earrings represents an arrow which is placed on the side of the ear and gi...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Silvered Bronze Box with Relief Cast Poem by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A wonderful jewelry box in silvered cast bronze by Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997). From a small special series, the designer created circa 1945-55. on which poems were...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Line Vautrin "Si tous les gars du monde" Brooch, circa 1945
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Gilt-bronze brooch formed by a round of fourteen children in long dresses.   
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20th Century French Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

French Silvered Bronze Box Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A silvered bronze Poudrier "Le loup et le renard" (The wolf and the fox). by Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1940s. The square box features a relief cast of two s...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

French Sculptural Bronze Bracelet 'La Manif" by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A gilt bronze bracelet by Line Vautrin (1913-1997), circa 1945-46. The design is known as "La Manif" or "La Manifestation", which features a chain of arm-linked figurines. Monogramme...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

O Comme Oreille, Pair of Earrings in Gilded Bronze, Line Vautrin 'France'
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
This pair of clip-on earrings is made of gilded bronze balls on which are suspended a large letter "o" with the inscription "comme oreille", which means “as an ear” in French. A nod...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

French Gilt Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A brooch in gilded bronze by French art jeweler Line Vautrin circa 1950s-1960s. The unusual model depicts the mathematical sign of infinity, on which appears in relief inscription of...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Dante Ou les Neufs Cercles de l’enfer by Line Vautrin Gilt Bronze Cuff Bracelet
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
Gilt bronze cuff bracelet named "Dante" or "the nine circles of hell". The bracelet consists of two rigid parts joined by a hinge on which are inscribed verses taken from the songs ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Gilded Bronze Necklace with Enamel Decoration, La Femme du Dragon, Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
Necklace made of gilded bronze representing a dragon holding in its mouth a chain on which is suspended a stylized woman. The necklace is constructed so that the dragon's mouth ends...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Talosel

French Sculptured Gilt Bronze Box by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A gilt bronze box or podier by French Jeweler Line Vautrin, in the pattern of "Moise ou la traversee du desert" coric 1940s-1950s. A rare mode in the box, the top surface of the cov...
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Mid-20th Century French Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

A Bronze Compact Box by French Art Jeweler Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A poudrier in bronze by Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1945, the name of this lovely compact box is called "Entrelacs et Noeuds" (interlaces and knots), which re...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

French Art Bronze Brooch St Eloi by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A rare bronze brooch St Eloi by Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin ((French, 1913–1997) circa 1946. Brilliantly designed in the shape of horseshoe with the saint spreading his arms ho...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Line Vautrin "Le Gendarme et le Voleur" Bracelet
By Line Vautrin
Located in New York, NY
"Le Gendarme et le Voleur." Playful gilt and silvered bronze cuff bracelet with a thief depicted on one side and a policeman on the other. Signed: L.V. and Line Vautrin. French, c...
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1940s French Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Large French Silvered Bronze Box Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A silvered bronze poudrier box "Ammonite" by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997). In the 1940s, Line Vautrin designed a series that was inspired by the shape of na...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Bronze Necklace Pendant Saint Laurent Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A cast bronze pendant titled Saint Laurent by French art jewelry designer Line Vautrin (1913-1997). Gilt bronze, circa late 1940s. It depicts the 3rd century Christian Saint Lawrence...
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1940s French Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

French Sculptured Gilt Bronze Box by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
An oval shape poudrier gilt bronze box by Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1950. The name of this lovely box is called "two pigeons loved each other tenderly". Gra...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Berthe Aux Grandes Pieds, Gilded Bronze Necklace, Line Vautrin 'France'
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
This gilded bronze necklace is made up of 15 links and a clasp. Each link represents Line Vautrin's vision of Berthe aux grands pieds (Berthe with big feet). To the left of her fac...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

French Art Bronze Bracelet by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A rare cuff bracelet in gilded and silvered bronze by Parisian art jewller Line Vautrin (1913-1997). The playful piece is called "Le gendarme et le voleur" (The police agent and the ...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Large Gilt Bronze Feuille Box by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large cast bronze powder box (poudrier) by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1945-1950. The box called "Feuille" (Leaf) features an irregular leaf form wit...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Vertebrae, Gilded Bronze Necklace, Line Vautrin 'France'
By Line Vautrin
Located in Brussels, BE
Semi-rigid necklace made up of articulated links in gilded bronze in the shape of a spine. Two times eleven inverted "vertebrae". The necklace is finished with two hearts on which t...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Large and Rare Gilt Bronze Box Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large gilt bronze poudrier box (power compact) called "Versailles or Les Paves du Roy" (The King's Paving Stone) by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1940s...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

French Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A bronze brooch by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997), circa 1940s. The large brooch is cast and lightly polished without a heavy gilt. The design is intriguing whi...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Gilt Bronze Reliquary Pendant by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A piece of wonderful jewelry by Line Vautrin designed in 1941 on the subject of St Foi, a child martyr on the early fourth century and the patron saint of prinsoers, in a rare form o...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

French Bronze Brooch Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A gilt bronze brooch in sculptural form called Le Char de la lune (The Chariot of the Moon) circa 1945-1955 by French Art Jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997). A long pin on the back and...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Large French Sculpted Bronze Box by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large bonze box (based on the size, it is likely a card case) by French Parisian art jewelry designer Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1950s. The box features an interesting design i...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Pair of Bronze and Enamel Earrings Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of bespoken earrings by French Art Jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997). The cast bronze earring features a sculptural design that evokes an archaic form with shell like scroll an...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Gilt Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A gilt bronze brooch by Line Vautrin circa 1940s-1950s. The small brooch features a double scroll pattern reminiscent of the classic Greek Ionic form. Monogrammed LV on the back as s...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Early Gilt Bronze Necklace by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A gilt bronze necklace with chain and a square plaque on the subject of "Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden" with apple tree in the center, designed and made by Line Vautrin in her e...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Line Vautrin "Libération - Vive la liberté" Brooch, circa 1945
By Line Vautrin
Located in Paris, FR
Gilt-bronze brooch with two characters holding hands, opening a window and wave flags. Stamped on the back: L.V.   
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20th Century French Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

French Bronze Belt Buckle Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A cast bronze two-piece bronze buckle with hook and loop verso by French art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997). The sculptural pieces are In a rare Inca motif, with triangular indenta...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

French Bronze Buckle Brooch Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A sculptured bronze brooch with a clip that be used on lapel or as a scarf tie by French Parisian art jewelry designer Line Vautrin (1913-1997) In a rare Inca motif, with triangular ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

French Bronze Brooch Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A cast bronze brooch by French Parisian Art Jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1950s. The small lovely bronze pieces features a medallion insignia design with olive branch wreath...
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1950s French Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze, Enamel

French Bronze Art Buckle Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
Belonged to the series "Rulked by Angels" created by Parisian art Jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1945-1950, this lovely and uncommon cast bronze belt buckle is called "Le Cho...
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1940s French Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

French Silvered Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A bronze brooch in a silvered finish by French art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) entitled "Mignonne Allons Voir Si La Rose" (Sweetheart, let's see if the rose). The large round br...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Line Vautrin, Bronze Brooch circa 1950, Signed
By Line Vautrin
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Line Vautrin, bronze brooch circa 1950, signed.
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A gilt bronze brooch by French art jewelry designer Line Vautrin (1913-1997) Untitled circa late 1940s. The brooch depicts a horn with twisted texture wrapped with articulated chains...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

French Bronze Brooch "Pergatoire" by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A hanging articulate three-piece gilt bronze brooch "Purgatoire" also known as "Le Ciel, la Terre, et l'Enfer." by Line Vautrin (1913-1997). Each element with figure symbolizes Heave...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

French Gilt Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A circular shape brooch in gilt bronze by French art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997), circa 1940s-1950s. It depicts what appears to be figures of saints on a crossed background with...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Gilt Bronze Brooch by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A gilt bronze brooch "Moise ou la Traversee du Desert" by French Jeweler Line Vautrin, circa 1940s. The patinated surface features amazing details illustrating the biblical story o...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Articulate Bronze Brooch "Pergatoire" by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A hanging articulate three-piece gilt bronze brooch "Purgatoire" also known as "Le Ciel, la Terre, et l'Enfer." by Line Vautrin. Each element with figure symbolizes Heaven, Earth and...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Rare "Palm" Brooch in Talosel Resin and Glass by Line Vautrin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Montreal, QC
Rare "palm" brooch in talosel resin and glass by Line Vautrin, signed: "Joux", France, circa 1960.    
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1960s French Vintage Line Vautrin Collectible Jewelry

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Glass, Talosel

Line Vautrin collectible jewelry for sale on 1stDibs

Vautrin Line collectible jewelry is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Line Vautrin collectible jewelry, there are many options to choose from, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock of these items we have 17 vintage editions, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original collectible jewelry by Line Vautrin were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider collectible jewelry by and s. Prices for Line Vautrin collectible jewelry can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,500 and tops out at $18,000, while pieces like these can sell for $4,850 on average.

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