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Synopsis: Line Vautrin is one of those archetypally French personalities - others are Cocteau, Piaf and Christian Berard - whose talents are compounded of dreams, poetry, images from the past and a mischievous sense of fun. Since she was five years old, she has, like an alchemist turning base metals into gold, transformed humble materials into miracles of beauty and imagination. Even the war-time scarcity of metals did not stop her; they made invention all the more important. Her career took off from a shop in the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore and a Louis XV hotel in the Marais, housing her workshops, showroom and apartment, which became a veritable Aladdin's cave.
Like Schiaparelli, Vautrin pioneered designer buttons; but hers were part of a range of jewelry that is utterly unlike anyone else's: made in a variety of substances from gilt bronze to resin, and in forms inspired by ancient Greek coins, medieval folk art, animals, word-games, or, in her extraordinary abstract ensembles, the material itself. From jewelry, her love of handiwork and inventing shapes led her on to sculpture, and finally to an altogether new art-form which she calls "pellimorphoses."
But Line Vautrin is much more than the sum of her inventions: she is a part of history, and her work is sought by museums. This tribute is the first to fix the shifting colors of her life in permanent form. Vautrin herself has contributed a witty autobiographical sketch, and supervised the layout of her pieces in the color plates, while Patrick Mauries supplies a knowledgeable assessment of her work.
An incarnation of the ideal Parisienne, Line Vautrin has been fashioning whimsical, charming objects for decades. Now a new audience has the chance to enter her enchanted world.
Title: Line Vautrin: Sculptor, Jeweller, Magician
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: 1992
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Thames & Hudson, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110500015376
Book Description Thames And Hudson, New York, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition (Thames And Hudson=NAP). This is an expensive book, but I've priced it dramatically below the least expensive dust jacketed copy ($400.00). As you can see from the photos, the covers are very clean and in excellent shape, without any conspicuous wear. The edges and corners look perfect. The gilt design and lettering on the front and spine is very bright. All three page edges are perfectly clean. The book is square, the spine is straight, not slanted. The binding is excellent. There is a slight space between two facing pages, likely due to the book being left open there. However, both of these pages are perfectly bound. The inside covers and end papers are perfectly clean and free of any wear. The rest of the pages are in excellent condition and are exceptionally clean. I didn't see any soiling at all. The text pages which precede the large section of color Plates are very white and in excellent shape. There are no markings anywhere in the book. No corner creases. No attachments of any kind. And no one has written their name or anything else anywhere. You can see the dust jacket in the first few photos. It's in very clean, very good condition. (Note: the front dj color is gray, not blue). There's a little surface scratching. There's a light crease off the top edge of the front cover and below the top edge of the spine. The jacket is price-clipped at the top corner of the front flap at about a 90° angle. The dust jacket will be fitted with a protective cover after the photos are scanned. The book contains 76 pages of illustrations, including 72 in color showing over 200 pieces. 'Line Vautrin, a revered French artist of the 20th century once dubbed "the poetess of metal" by Vogue magazine, created a legacy of inspired work that The New York Times described as "bold, brilliant, barbaric and intricately crafted." Her idiosyncratic vision and refined craftsmanship gave rise to highly original jewelry and decorative objects, infused with her passion for language and symbology. Born in 1913 to a family of metalworkers, Vautrin?s lack of a formal art education did not prevent her from mastering the skills of casting, chasing and gilding bronze by the time she was 14. Though bronze was then limited solely to industrial use, it remained Vautrin?s metal of choice when she began creating her gilded and silvered buttons, adornments, compacts and boxes. An artist and intellectual at a time when many young women were afraid to be more than conventional and bourgeois, Vautrin took a booth in the 1937 International Exposition in Paris, where she gained enough of a following to warrant renting a tiny showroom. But it was during World War II, when precious metals were scarce and Vautrin?s work in bronze provided a much-needed escape into romance and delight, that her popularity truly soared. A few short years later, Vautrin opened a progressive atelier in the Marais, as well as an exquisite boutique on the rue du Faubourg SaintHonoré, where a statue of St. Eligius, the patron saint of goldsmiths, presided over the entrance. A frenzy of ceaseless innovation ensued, defying any of the traditional genres of the decorative arts. The repetition of motifs-primitive patterns and elements that recall ancient hieroglyphics and pictographs-was influenced by Vautrin?s research into ancient goldsmiths? work in the archaeological museums of Cairo. Folk tales, lines of poetry and aphorisms were all fodder for her clever imagination. She became known for the whimsy and double entendres layered onto her beautiful pieces, and for her witty use of the rebus, complex visual riddles in which words are represented by elaborate combinations of pictures and letters. It?s no wonder that these small miracles of creativity and ingenuity have been collected by such luminaries as Diego Giacometti, Brigitte Bardot, Caroline of Monaco and Christian Lacroix. Vautrin?s reputation as an alchemist capable of coaxing poetry from metal is destined to endure.'. Seller Inventory # 002610
Book Description Thames & Hudson, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0500015376
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Book Description Thames & Hudson 1992-09, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 0500015376. Seller Inventory # 559190
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