Silvered bronze paperweight and ruler "Le Louvre"

Line Vautrin

reference ZD66

Le Louvre, paperweight and ruler in silvered bronze Line Vautrin (France)

unforget says

"Le Louvre" is a paperweight or a decorative object for your table, the shape was simply imagined by Line Vautrin who admired the buildings of the Louvre Museum in Paris.

On the front, the object is graduated in centimeters from 1 to 19 so that it can also be used as a ruler.
Line Vautrin also wanted to engrave the half-centimeters and it is interesting to note that the 8 and the 9 are registered respectively to the right and to the left of the graduation bar.

The object is signed with the initials L.V. on the left side.

A very pretty creation by Line Vautrin, often rightly called “The poetess of Metal”.

Designer : Line Vautrin
Manufacturer : Line Vautrin
Circa 1945-1950
Dimensions: Height : 2/4inch - 1 cm
Length: 1 2/4 inch - 3,5 cm
Width: 7 2/4 inch - 19 cm
Markings : Signed by Stamping L.V. on the left 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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