Gilded bronze box "L'homme d'affaires"

Line Vautrin

reference ZD57

The businessman, gilded bronze box, Line Vautrin (France)

unforget says

Line Vautrin hated numbers, and, overwhelmed by management problems. She decided to close her shop on rue de l'Université in Paris in the 1960s.
"Le comptable" (the accountant) is a box and that rare little “L’homme d’affaires” (The Businessman) box illustrates Line's aversion to calculations, accounts and financial management.
We see here the head of a man who obviously suffers from having to calculate too much…
This small and funny box in gilded bronze is titled “The businessman”, a rare occurrence and we think a unique one in the artist's work.
It is signed on the back by stamping "LINE VAUTRIN".
In very good condition with its original patina.

Rare box manufactured around the 50s.

Line Vautrin's bronze work is immense.
Line’s father worked bronze and had his own atelier.
She created her first objects around the age of 21.

She rented a booth at the Universal Exhibition of 1937, this exhibition will allow Line Vautrin to make itself known and to diversify its production where she offered jewelry, lady's bag clasps, belt buckles and counted among her client famous people like Yves Saint Laurent, Françoise Sagan, Ingrid Bergman.

Designer : Line Vautrin
Manufacturer : Line Vautrin
Circa 1945-1950
Dimensions: Height : 1 2/4inch - 4 cm
Length: 1 3/4 inch - 4,2 cm
Width: 1 3/4inch - 4,5 cm
Markings : Signed with two line stamp "LINE VAUTRIN" on the back side
All photos copyright Ludovic Vandenweghe for

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.

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

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