Gilded bronze box "Neptune"

Line Vautrin

reference ZD60

Neptune, gilded bronze box, Line Vautrin (France)

unforget says

The lid of this box represents Neptune (Poseidon) brother of Zeus (Jupiter).
We can find his symbols, the seahorse, the dolphin, the fish and the Trident.
Neptune was the protector of fishermen, boatmen of the sea, islands and shores.
Themes that can be found in Line Vautrin's work on other boxes, "La main aux poissons" (Hand with fish) that we present to you but also "La Sirène au bateau” (The siren with the boat), “La Mer” (The Sea) ...

This Neptune theme comes in different versions, a set of five small size boxes. This is a large box that we present to you here, the lid that opens from the front.

The object was probably manufactured in the course of the 1950s, in very good condition and signed with "LINE VAUTRIN" stamping.

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 1/4inch - 3 cm
Length: 6 2/4 inch - 16,5 cm
Width: 2 inch - 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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