Line Vautrin , gilded bronze pocket emptier " La Mer "
Rare pocket emptier, inspired by an iconic photograph by Dora Maar, originally used in an ad for Pétrole Hahn hair lotion in the 1930s.
The back side with engraved fishes, manufactured and designed circa 1950 by Line Vautrin, France.
H 1 2/4In. X W 7In. X D 6In.
H 4Cm X W 18Cm X D 15Cm
Signed by stamping "L.V."
Line Vautrin (1913 – 1997)
Line Vautrin was born on April 28th in Paris. Her family owns a bronze foundry on Faubourg Saint-Antoine.
She started working on her first creations, bracelets, at the age of 21 and opens his 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