A Gilded bronze large box "La Mer"
Rare Box, inspired by an iconic photograph by Dora Maar, originally used in an ad for Petrole Hahn hair lotion in the 1930s. The back side of the lid with engraved fishes. Inside of the box covered with cork.
Designer : Line Vautrin
Manufacturer : Line Vautrin
Dimensions: Height : 1 2/4inch - 3,5cms
Length: 7 inch - 17,6cms
Width:5 3/4inch - 14,8cms
Markings : Stamped "LINE VAUTRIN" two lines
Line Vautrin (1913 – 1997)
Line Vautrin was born on April 28th in Paris. Her family owns a bronze foundry on Faubourg Saint-Antoine.
She started working on her first creations, bracelets, at the age of 21 and opens his first boutique in 1938.
She exhibits at “Salon des Artistes décorateurs” during 1939-1942 and presents her first gilt-bronze boxes.
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