Empreinte (footprint), gilded bronze pocket emptier, Line Vautrin (France)
Empreinte is a fun pocket emptier that features a small "lost" hand in the middle of a finely chiseled thumbprint in bronze.
The rectangular empty pockets rest on 4 small feet directly cast in bronze.
The hands, the imprint and the imprint of time in general are present in a multitude of objects imagined by Line Vautrin, we also find them on "La main dans les flots", “La main aux poissons”...
The vide-poches is signed with the initials of Line Vautrin: L.V.
Unusual model, produced around the 1960s in very good original condition with its patina.
Line Vautrin's bronze work is immense, the daughter of a bronzier, she created her first objects around the age of 21.
She will rent a stand at the Universal Exhibition of 1937, this exhibition will allow Line Vautrin to make herself known and to diversify her production, she offers jewelry, lady's bag clasps, belt buckles ...
The creation of objects for the home such as cigarette boxes, cocktail table boxes, pill boxes, ashtrays began in the 1940s.
Designer : Line Vautrin
Manufacturer : Line Vautrin
H 0.39in. x W 3.15in. x D 3.94in.
H 1cm x W 8cm x D 10cm
Markings : Signed by stamping two lines "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