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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
Exceptional Vintage Mirror Brooch attributed to Vautrin, 1960s
By Line Vautrin
Located in Verviers, WLG
Rare and beautiful vintage green mirror & talosel brooch, attributed to Line Vautrin. Not signed. Gorgeous work and sparkling light. Size: 5.5 x 3 cm Excellent Vintage Condition
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20th Century French Line Vautrin Brooches

Line Vautrin Flying Bird Talosel Resin with Blue Mirror Brooch Pin
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 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 Brooch Pin Multicolor Mirrors
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A gorgeous geometric Talosel brooch pin designed by Line Vautrin in the 1960s. Encrusted with colorful multicolor mirrored glass in a modernist dimensional shape. Glass and Talosel, ...
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1960s French Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

Line Vautrin Collector Vintage Mask Sun Brooch c.1950s
By Line Vautrin
Located in Verviers, WLG
Gorgeous Line Vautrin Mask Sun Vintage Brooch, circa 1950, gold plated bronze. Size: 6 x 4.5 cm Marked: LV Very good vintage condition. Pictures are included in the description.
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1950s French 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-...
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1950s French Modernist Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

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Gilt Metal

Line Vautrin Talosel Pink Mirror Checkerboard Brooch Pin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning Line Vautrin geometric Talosel brooch pin. Encrusted with pink-colored mirrored glass in a checkerboard pattern. Glass associated with Talosel, a technique created by Line V...
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1960s French Modernist Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

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 Seco...
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1940s French Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

Line Vautrin Blue Mirror and Black Talosel Brooch Pin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
This elegant Talosel or resin brooch pin was created by Line Vautrin in the 1950s. Features a freeform dimensional shape in black Talosel, encrusted with cobalt blue colored mirrored...
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1950s French Retro 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 an open mouth whale/animal? Clip...
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1940s French Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

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Bronze, Gilt Metal

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 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 resin backed on a japanned met...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Line Vautrin Brooches

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 bronze seahorse figure. Suspende...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

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Bronze, Gilt Metal

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

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'Chorus of Frogs' gilded bronze double brooch, Line Vautrin, France, late 1940s
By Line Vautrin
Located in Greyabbey, County Down
A magnificent and utterly unique brooch, 'Les Grenouilles', from 'poetess in metal', Line Vautrin. Composed of a single frog at one end of the jewel, and a group of three frogs on a ...
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1940s French Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

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Bronze, Gold Plate

'Eclipse' bronze brooch, Line Vautrin, late 1940s, France.
By Line Vautrin
Located in Greyabbey, County Down
A beautiful figural clip/brooch from Line Vautrin, cleverly and amusingly depicting am eclipse of the sun, poetic. An iconic and well documented design from this wonderful artist, a ...
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1940s French Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

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Bronze

  • 'Eclipse' bronze brooch, Line Vautrin, late 1940s, France.
  • 'Eclipse' bronze brooch, Line Vautrin, late 1940s, France.
  • 'Eclipse' bronze brooch, Line Vautrin, late 1940s, France.
  • 'Eclipse' bronze brooch, Line Vautrin, late 1940s, France.
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H .5 in. W 1.5 in. L 2.25 in.
Line Vautrin Talosel Resin Geometric Brooch Pin
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare Line Vautrin Talosel Resin geometric brooch pin. Encrusted with clear mirrored glass with iridescence in a modernist shape. Glass and Talosel, a technique created by Line Vautri...
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1950s French Modern Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

  • Line Vautrin Talosel Resin Geometric Brooch Pin
  • Line Vautrin Talosel Resin Geometric Brooch Pin
  • Line Vautrin Talosel Resin Geometric Brooch Pin
  • Line Vautrin Talosel Resin Geometric Brooch Pin
H 0.56 in. W 2.21 in. L 1.93 in.
Line Vautrin Paris Vintage 1960s Signed Bronze Dore Pin Brooch Ronsard Poem
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant vintage 1960s gilded bronze pin brooch by Line Vautrin. Carved round shape with stylized rose flower in the center and engraved poem on edge. The engraving reads: "Migno...
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1960s French Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

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Bronze

early 1960's LINE VAUTRIN talosel bird brooch
By Line Vautrin
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare talosel bird brooch by Line Vautrin dating to the early 1960's. Signed 'Joux' on reverse side. Good condition. Chip on one feather and two cracks to other section.
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1960s Vintage Line Vautrin Brooches

Line Vautrin brooches for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of line vautrin brooches. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using bronze. This collection contains 13 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Modern and Art Deco are some of 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 Valentino, Swarovski and Hans Hansen. Prices for Line Vautrin brooches can differ depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,450 and tops out at $12,000, while pieces like these can sell for $1,950 on average.

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