A Gilded bronze pocket emptier "Main dans les flots" by Line Vautrin, circa 1950.
La main dans les flots (The hand in the waves) is one of the many objects on the theme of the sea, recurring in the work of the artist Line Vautrin.
It is a pocket emptier that represents a small hand lying in the sea waves.
The design of the sea is represented by a cold enamel decoration, in gray blue tones. The bronze objects enhanced with enamel are the rarest of the artist's work.
The theme of the sea is a theme loved by Line Vautrin, there is of course the iconic box and the pocket emptier “La Mer”, but also the Neptune box, La Sirène au bateau, La main aux poissons.
The object is signed by stamping, on two lines "LINE VAUTRIN"
Manufactured around 1950 and 1960, it is in very good original condition and has a use patina.
Line Vautrin's bronze work is immense, she created her first objects around the age of 21.
The creation of objects for the home such as cigarette boxes, cocktail table boxes, pill boxes, ashtrays began in the 1940s.
These objects will make Line Vautrin famous.
Designer : Line Vautrin
Manufacturer : Line Vautrin
Height : inch - 2,5cms
Dia: 4 3/4inch - 12cms
Two markings : Signed by stamping two lines underneath "LINE VAUTRIN" - "L.V."
Line Vautrin (1913 – 1997)
Line Vautrin was born on April 28th in Paris. Her family owned a bronze foundry on Faubourg Saint-Antoine.
She started working on her first creations, which were bracelets, at the age of 21 and opened her first boutique in 1938.
After a short stay in Casablanca, she’s back in Paris in 1950 and discover a new material, cellulose acetate that she patents and renames “Talosel” and begins to produce her famous convex mirrors.
1958, Line opens a new boutique at Rue de l’Université in Paris. She sells her creations to famous people such as Brigitte Bardot, François Sagan and Ingrid Bergman.
She met David Gill in 1987 who will revive her fame organising exhibitions troughout the world. London, Tokyo, NYC, Barcelona and Brussels.
Line Dies in 1997 two years before the retrospective in Musée des Arts décoratifs.
Photos archives Marie Laure Bonnaud Vautrin