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Line Vautrin Necklaces

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 Red Talosel Resin and Mirrors Necklace
By Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant 1960s Talosel Resin necklace by Line Vautrin, Paris. Red-colored resin or Talosel necklace with encrusted tinted mirrors. Glass and Talosel, a technique created by Line Vautr...
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1960s French Modernist Vintage Line Vautrin Necklaces

Line Vautrin L'Arbre de Vie Pendant Necklace
By Line Vautrin
Located in New York, NY
Line Vautrin The Tree Of Life pendant necklace in gilt metal, the model created around 1937 this one realized around 1950. With center motif of a stylized tree flanked by two figure...
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1950s French Vintage Line Vautrin Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

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Architectural Line Vautrin Gilt "Bronze Dore" Statement Necklace "Collier"
By Line Vautrin
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Exceptional and scarce handcrafted architectural necklace by renowned French sculptor/jewelry designer Line Vautrin - comprised out of hand-manipulated bronze in a gilt finish "bronz...
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1950s French Artisan Vintage Line Vautrin Necklaces

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Bronze

Gold mirrored glass and talousel collarette, Line Vautrin, France, 1960s.
By Line Vautrin
Located in Greyabbey, County Down
An exquisite necklace by Line Vautrin, named 'Drops of Honey' ('Gouttes de Miel'), made from very thin flakes of gilt/gold mirror-glass, and 'talousel', a type of resin made in Franc...
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1960s French Vintage Line Vautrin Necklaces

Line Vautrin Long talousel and bronze mirror single row necklace, 1960s
By Line Vautrin
Located in Greyabbey, County Down
A magical single row necklace from Line Vautrin, magician and poetess of jewellery, created in the 1960s. Made from 'talousel' (a type of resin popular in the 1960s) and fragments o...
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1960s French Vintage Line Vautrin Necklaces

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Base Metal

Talousel and mirror multi row necklace, Line Vautrin, 1960s
By Line Vautrin
Located in Greyabbey, County Down
This spectacular necklace in delicate gold mirrored shards or fragments, all set in 'talousel', a French resin, shimmers and glints, like an Alexander Calder mobile! Highly typical ...
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1960s French Vintage Line Vautrin Necklaces

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Base Metal

  • Talousel and mirror multi row necklace, Line Vautrin, 1960s
  • Talousel and mirror multi row necklace, Line Vautrin, 1960s
  • Talousel and mirror multi row necklace, Line Vautrin, 1960s
  • Talousel and mirror multi row necklace, Line Vautrin, 1960s
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W .5 in. D .25 in. L 14.5 in.

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