Line Vautrin - J'ai Grand Appétit de Vous - Gilded bronze box
Among the objects created by Line Vautrin, the rebus boxes have always been very successful. Explaining "J’ai grand appétit de vous" in English is a difficult exercise, but we will try to do it for you.
The lid of this box is formed by the letter "G" of large dimension, so we obtain "G grand" whose rebus can here be translated as "J’ai grand".
In the center of the lid we will notice a "small a" which we can translate as "a petit".
On the bar of the "G" we can read the small word twice, "vous".
Line Vautrin therefore imagined a rebus that we can translate by the following sentence in French "G Grand, a petit, deux vous" which gives "J’ai grand appétit de vous" which means I have a great appetite for you.
A box on the theme of Love, rare in its box version which will be a little more common in its compact version.
A message that is offered to the loved one, that he or she will probably be the only one to understand ...
The box is in very good original condition, made in gilded bronze. It is signed by stamping on two lines "LINE VAUTRIN".
Manufactured in the decade of the 1950s.
Designer : Line Vautrin
Manufacturer : Line Vautrin
H 1. 1/4 in. x W 3 1/4 in. x D 2 3/4 in.
H 3 cm x W 8 cm x D 7 cm
Markings : Stamped "LINE VAUTRIN" two lines
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