Line Vautrin - Paris à la mer - Gilded bronze box
A very rare Gilded bronze box by Line Vautrin. The name "Paris à la mer" (Paris by the sea) can be interpreted this way : Paris with the famous Seine in the middle of the box, surrounded by boats. They represents the sea and this is the reason we call this box Paris by sea.
Designer : Line Vautrin
Manufacturer : Line Vautrin
H 1. 1/4 in. x W 3 in. x D 2 3/4 in.
H 3 cm x W 7,8 cm x D 7 cm
Markings : Stamped "LINE VAUTRIN" two lines
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