“Soleil à pointes” (spiked sun) in light beige talosel inlaid with green “lettuce” mirrors, central convex mirror.
Rear mirror cover in original fabric, signed "LINE VAUTRIN", bears the "ROI" stamp which can be found on the back of some mirrors. ROI is the diminutive of miroir in French.
Rare small mirror model known as boudoir. The smallest model of the spiked suns imagined by Line Vautrin, also known as "number zero".
Manufactured in the decade of the 1950s.
Talosel is a material invented by Line Vautrin in the mid-1950s.
The material is made up of superimposed layers of resin that will be shaped by fire, scarified and encrusted with different pieces or shards of colored mirrors.
We find a fairly varied palette of colors, gold, bronze, silver, red, blue, green, pink, purple, bronze, amber ...
The name comes from the technical term " acétate de cellulose élaboré ".
The shape of the mirrors were obtained using a pattern, so the dimensions for similar models are similar.
Once the shape was obtained, the mirror was hot scarified and the front side received an always hot inlay of pieces of mirrors following the artist's inspiration.
Designer : Line Vautrin
Manufacturer : Line Vautrin
Dia : 12.5cm - 4.92in
Depth : 2cm - 0.79in.
Signed by scarification "Line Vautrin"
"ROI" stamp (cachet ROI)
original leather back cover
Very good to excellent condition.
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, 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