Silvered bronze box "La prière de Saint François"

Line Vautrin

reference ZD59

The prayer of Saint François, silvered bronze box, Line Vautrin (France)

unforget says

The prayer of Saint Francois, a large silvered bronze box.
We can read on the cover

Lord make me the instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where is the discord, let me put unite
Where there is injury, let me sow pardon
Where is the despair, let me put hope
Where is the darkness, let me put the light
Where is the sadness, let me put the joy
Make lord that I do not seek so much to be consoled as to console
to be understood than to understand
to be loved than to love

By doing some research on Wikipedia, we found the following information "the prayer of Saint Francis is a Christian prayer for peace, commonly but mistakenly attributed to Francis of Assisi, it appears for the first time in 1912".

This box carries a message of love and hope which were values dear to Line Vautrin and which will be found on a large number of creations.

The box is signed “Line Vautrin” with a diamond point, produced circa 1950.

Line Vautrin's bronze work is immense.
Line’s father worked bronze and had his own atelier.
She created her first objects around the age of 21.

She rented a booth at the Universal Exhibition of 1937, this exhibition will allow Line Vautrin to make itself known and to diversify its production where she offered jewelry, lady's bag clasps, belt buckles and counted among her client famous people like Yves Saint Laurent, Françoise Sagan, Ingrid Bergman.

Designer : Line Vautrin
Manufacturer : Line Vautrin
Circa 1945-1950
Dimensions: Height : 1 1/4inch - 3 cm
Length: 6 1/4 inch - 16 cm
Width: 5 2/4inch - 14 cm
Markings : Signed on the back side with diamond point "Line Vautrin"
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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