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Line Vautrin

La Foule (The Crowd)

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October 6, 05:40 PM GMT


8,000 - 10,000 USD

Lot Details


Line Vautrin

1913 - 1997

La Foule (The Crowd)

circa 1948, stamped LINE VAUTRIN on reverse

gilded bronze box, top carved with faces, with original cork-lined interior

1⅕ by 5¾ by 3⅛ in.; 3 by 14.75 by 8 cm.

Private Collection, France

Christian and Catherine Boutonnet and Rafael Ortiz, Line Vautrin, Galerie L’Arc en Seine, Paris, 2002, p. 42-3

Patrick Mauriès, Line Vautrin: Miroirs, Galerie Chastel Marechal, Paris, 2004, pp. 11-12

The Art of Line Vautrin, Wayne Schwartz Gallery, New York, circa 2006, n.p. 'La Foule’

Laura Silverman, Line Vautrin: 100 Years of Magnitude, Maison Gerard, New York, 2013, p. 17, no. 43; p. 23, no. 56 for silvered version

Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Secret de Bijoux: Line Vautrin, 1999 for similar example

Paris, Galerie L’Arc en Seine, Line Vautrin, 2002 – 2003

Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Line Vautrin: Poesie in Metall, 2003

New York, Maison Gerard, Line Vautrin: 100 Years of Magnitude, 2013

Line Vautrin’s La Foule (the Crowd) box is another delightful creation in her repertoire. Her storybook figures, engraved and cast into boxes and jewelry, find a home all together on this small, cork-lined box. Though it can be taken literally — there is a single smiling face amongst a crowd of stoic frowns — it may also have alternate meanings known only to the owner, a concept that Vautrin encouraged with her bronzework.