Witch “soleil à pointes” (spiked sun) mirror in talosel inlaid with bronze mirrors (model number 2), Line Vautrin (France)
A spiked sun mirror, in dark beige talosel. The rays of the sun and the edge of the mirror encrusted with fragments of bronze-colored mirrors.
In the center a convex mirror, also called a witch mirror. The surround of the central mirror in dark beige talosel.
It is signed by scarification "LINE VAUTRIN" and also bears the "ROI" stamp.
Line Vautrin, who really liked the play on words, used two different types of stamps that are found on certain objects "ROI" for mirrors (miROIrs) and "JOUX" for jewels (biJOUX).
This mirror is in very good condition, the protective fabric that covers the rear witch is also original.
The color combination of inlaid mirrors and talosel is particularly successful. A beautiful presence and very warm tones make it a pleasant mirror to admire.
Talosel is a material invented by Line Vautrin in the mid-1950s.
The material is made up of superimposed layers of resin which 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 "elaborated cellulose acetate".
The shape of the mirrors was 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 : 28 cm - 9 3/4 in
Depth : 2,5 cm - 1 in.
Signed by scarification "LINE VAUTRIN"
Bears a "ROI" stamp
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, Françoise Sagan and Ingrid Bergman.
She met David Gill in 1987 who will revive her fame organizing 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