"J'ai perdu ma tourterelle" Gilded bronze box
I lost my turtledove (J'ai perdu ma tourterelle) is a poem by Jean Passerat (1534-1602).
Line Vautrin also known as "the poetess of metal" took over the writing of this poem to create this beautiful box in the 1950s.
The cover takes the text and an engraving of the turtle dove seen from above on a long sheet.
Designer : Line Vautrin
Manufacturer : Line Vautrin
Dimensions: Height: 6 inch -15,1cms
Large: 3 3/4inch 9,6cms
Depth: 1 1/4inch - 3cms
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, Françoise Sagan and Ingrid Bergman.
She met David Gill in 1987 who will revive her fame organizing 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