Sunday, February 17, 2013

Art That I Love: Line Vautrin

With "Art That I Love" I'm hoping to start a new series of posts about art that I love and their creators. The artists won't necessarily be famous, or even well known for that matter, they will just be Artists whose work I love.
The idea occurred to me this morning, as searching for inspiration for our upcoming "Design On a Dime" booth for Housing Works (more to come on that event), I referred to my art books, objects I own and or love. The theme will be eclectic, the colors will be rich and saturated, incorporating natural elements as well as mid century touches.

One mid century icon is the Starburst Mirror, which brings me to an extraordinary talented artist, Line Vautrin whose work epitomized the Parisian Neo-Romantic chic of the mid Twentieth Century.

Her work, made largely in the Forties and Fifties, in resins, glass and bronze consists of non traditional jewelry and objets. She loved primitive patterns and elements, referring back to ancient hieroglyphs and pictographs.

She was the ultimate feminine woman, refined, sensual, talented with a sense of humor. A truly original thinker and creator. She would add the most unexpected touches to her bronze creations, feathers, enamel beads, felt, fur, glass... She created a new substance: cellulose acetate which she transformed into a new material christened "Talosel". She carved, heated her material to create decorative articles such as screens, lamp bases, jewelry, buttons but above all mirrors.

She began to make convex glass with elaborated frames: her famous "Witches" mirrors with finely chiselled frames, telling a storywith a poetic and yet mischivious touch. The fashionable parisian, Brigitte Bardot among them, would collect her creations.

Line Vautrin, petite, bright, and witty was the incarnation of the ideal Parisienne.

In 1992, she was awarded the national Arts and Crafts Prize for her research in decorative technique. She died in 1997 at the age of 84, 2 years before the exhibition of her work at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.

Her pieces are highly thought after, can be seen in museums, at Sotheby's auction house, high end galleries and dealers.

My favorite are her romantic, whimsical mirrors.

Pages of her life compiled by her daughter Marie Laure

Her famous Talosel mirrors

 Boules en Talosel- unique sculptures

Mirror "Sorciere"

Unique Talosel sculpture

Rajasthan Talosel necklace with incrusted mirrors

Caroline:Necklace with white Talosel incrusted with natural tinted mirrors

 Her famous buttons in Bronze, Ceramic and Talosel

Beautiful whimsical Bronze compacts

Her love of life was contagious...

All pictures from This website is enterely devoted to the works by line Vautrin  according to the wishes of her only child, Marie Laure

A bientot,


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  1. I love the space, the light, the writing on the cuffs, the joy here... thank you!!! Great idea to post her work....

  2. Wow, Francien! You have found a jewel in this work. Absolutely stunning.
    Happy Monday.

  3. Thank you for this intoduction. My, she had a wide spectrum of talent. You can see here was a woman that thought out of the box.
    I can see why you like her.

  4. J'ADORE LINE VAUTRIN!!! BRAVO, et merci de nous l'avoir remontrée. Thanks Francine.

  5. This is amazing... Never heard of it and I looooove those necklaces!!!

  6. beautiful.. please do stick to this series!

    love it...

  7. So pleased to have found your blog. Line Vautrin is incredible, I especially love the compacts and the buttons, how unusual. Your wonderful new series is off to a great start. Thank you for visiting Splendid Market. How long did you live in Eze village? Were you in an apartment? We lived in Eze bord de Mer, down on the sea, and would hike to the village on Chemin Nietsche. We loved Christmas Eve dinner at Chateau Eze. Marvelous part of the world.


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