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Line Vautrin Brooches

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 Blue Mirrors and Black Talosel Brooch Pin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
Line Vautrin created this elegant Talosel or resin brooch pin in the 1950s. The piece boasts a freeform dimensional shape in black Talosel, encrusted with cobalt blue mirrored-colore...
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1950s French Retro Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

Line Vautrin Flying Bird Talosel Resin Brooch Pin with Blue Mirrors
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
Beautiful Line Vautrin Talosel or resin bird brooch pin. Off-white resin encrusted with blue-colored mirrored glass on a flying bird shape. Glass and Talosel, a technique created by ...
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1950s French Modernist Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

Line Vautrin "La Manif" Gilt Bronze Brooch
By Line Vautrin
Located in New York, NY
Gilt brooch by Line Vautrin (1913-1997), circa 1945-46. The design is known as ...
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1950s French Artisan Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

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Bronze, Gilt Metal, Gold Plate, Brass

Line Vautrin gilded bronze brooch "Les Grenouilles"
By Line Vautrin
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Very rare double pin brooch linked with 3 chains by French artist Line Vautrin. Line Vautrin was a French jewelry maker, designer, and decorative artist. Best known for her uncatego...
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1950s French Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

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Bronze

A mirrored glass and alousel brooch and earrings, Line Vautrin, France, 1960s
By Line Vautrin
Located in Greyabbey, County Down
This Talousel and mirrored glass brooch and earrings is a fine example of the later work of Line Vautrin from the 1960s. A most beautiful and unusual colour, each piece is truly artisan, made and assembled by hand. The delicate mirrored and resin elements are stacked or jumbled, on top of each other, to create an utterly delightful and original design, highly typical of this magical designer. An astounding artist, the truly individual Line Vautrin was named a ‘poetess in metal’ by Vogue magazine in 1948, starting her career in such prestigious surroundings, making buttons for Schiaparelli. She went on create some of the most extraordinary and individual jewellery, artists’ jewellery in very poetic and clever designs. These included necklace, brooches, bracelets and earrings, as well as boxes and other objets de vertu...
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1960s French Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

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Base Metal

Line Vautrin "Colombe" Brooch
By Line Vautrin
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Exquisite gild-bronze brooch designed by Line Vautrin representing a dove executed in an abstract/cubist manner. ca 1950' Line Vautrin (1913-1997) was a French jewelry maker, design...
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1950s French Arts and Crafts Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

Materials

Bronze, Gilt Metal

Line Vautrin Blue and White Mirrors Talosel Signed Brooch Pin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
Ultra-chic Line Vautrin Talosel geometric brooch pin. Encrusted with clear and blue mirrored glass with iridescence in a tridimensional modernist shape. Glass and Talosel, a techniqu...
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1950s French Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

Line Vautrin Talosel Pink Mirror Checkerboard Brooch Pin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
This stunning Line Vautrin geometric Talosel brooch pin features an encrusted rectangular shape with pink-colored mirrored glass in a checkerboard pattern. The glass associated with ...
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1960s French Modernist Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

Line Vautrin Talosel and Mirror Cornucopia Brooch Pin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A very elegant Line Vautrin Talosel brooch pin. Features a cornucopia or horn of plenty with branches in dimensional shapes in white and green Talosel, encrusted with green and gold-colored mirrored glass and gilt metal. Glass and Talosel, a technique created by Line Vautrin, in which she used cellulose acetate that was fractured into tiny splinters and worked with heat. The process of creating the Talosel jewelry had many stages, including making the mirrors, tinting them, molding the Talosel, and embedding smaller mirror fragments into it. Measurements: 4.13 in. wide (10.5 cm) x 4.13 in. high (10.5 cm). Note: This specific branch shape design was also used to create the famous "Miroir St Hubert", circa 1958, pictured in "Line Vautrin - Miroirs" by Patrick Mauriès, Galerie Chastel Marechal Editions - Copyright 2004 on page 13...
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1950s French Modernist Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

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Gilt Metal

Exceptional Vintage Mirror Brooch attributed to Vautrin, 1960s
By Line Vautrin
Located in Verviers, Région Wallonne
Rare and beautiful vintage green mirror & talosel brooch, attributed to Line Vautrin. Not signed. Gorgeous work and sparkling light. Size: 5.5 x...
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20th Century French Line Vautrin Brooches

Line Vautrin Mirror Mosaic Flower Bouquet Brooch
By Line Vautrin
Located in New York, NY
Unusual Floral bouquet brooch by Line Vautrin, France from the 1950s. Signature "mosaics" of rose color mirrored glass rounds cut to form flowerheads and set in Talosel resin backed ...
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1950s French Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

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Gold Plate, Gilt Metal

Line Vautrin 1940s Art Deco Articulated Gilt Bronze Seahorse Brooch
By Line Vautrin
Located in University City, MO
Line Vautrin 1940s Art Deco articulated gilt bronze seahorse brooch (Attributed) The incredibly rare figural brooch is designed with a stylized gilt b...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

Materials

Bronze, Gilt Metal

Line Vautrin Surreal Eye Brooch
By Line Vautrin
Located in New York, NY
Unusual surrealist eye brooch by Line Vautrin, France from the 1950s. Signature "mosaics" of mirrored glass panels cut to form "eye" and set in Talosel resi...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Line Vautrin Brooches

1950's Line Vautrin Gilded Bronze Wearable Art Flower Pin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1950's Line Vautrin gilded bronze and enamel pin. An every day lapel sized pin designed by the renowned metal worker known for her wearable art. Fashioned in a floral shape, it featu...
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1950s French Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

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Bronze

Line Vautrin Cobalt Glass and Carved Gilt Talosel Brooch
By Line Vautrin
Located in New York, NY
Cobalt Glass Cabocheon and Carved Gilt Talosel Brooch By Line Vautrin. The substance was developed by Line Vautrin using a synthetic resin that appeared at the end of the Second World War. The term Talosel was patented in 1950. It is an acronym based on the syllables of aceTAte de celluLOSe ELaboré. She used this new substance, extracted from wood cellulose, to make decorative objects: frames, lamps, sconces, door surrounds, screens, coffered ceilings...
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1940s French Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

Unusual Line Vautrin "Jonas" Clip
By Line Vautrin
Located in New York, NY
Line Vautrin modele "Jonas". Large and unusual Line Vautrin Clip of gilded bronze. A figure stands over a cascading ribbon form motif which resembles...
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1940s French Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

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Bronze, Gilt Metal

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early 1960's LINE VAUTRIN talosel bird brooch
By Line Vautrin
Located in San Fransisco, CA
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Line Vautrin brooches for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a range of Line Vautrin brooches available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique items was designed with extraordinary care, often using gilt metal. We have 15 pieces in this collection as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Modern and Art Deco are among the most popular styles of Line Vautrin brooches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider brooches by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., Pierre Sterlé, and Robert Goossens for Chanel. Prices for Line Vautrin brooches can differ depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $877 and tops out at $12,000, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for $1,900.

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