The Porte de Vanves on Saturday and Sunday mornings is buzzing. It starts early and oftentimes as I am arriving at first light, I spot several lucky dealers who have found a treasure for their more upscale Flea Market stands at St Ouen.
When I am working with a client at a market my rule is no personal purchases. Why…..because clients depend on me to take thorough notes on merchandise, measure in inches (not centimeters as do the French dealers), negotiate prices, translate and set up shipping of their treasures. However, recently when accompanying a client, my rule was broken. We both fell in love with two fabulous paintings and when the dealer offered a great reduction based on buying the two I broke the rule….which benefitted my client as well. The title of the painting is L’Egyptienne-at least I know it represents a female figure!
Line Vautrin (1863-1997) at the age of 28, opened her first boutique near the Champs-Elysées, where she gained fame for her decorative objects and bronze creations such as mirrors, necklaces, compacts, vide poches, bracelets, earrings, jewelry, compacts, sculptures and boxes. Many of her objects, in particular LV boxes tell a story and this box in no exception. This one I found by chance while scouting on a jewelry trip. I saw a group of LV boxes tucked away in a totally unexpected very hip jewelry shop near Place Vendôme. I later discovered the owner happens to be a friend of Line Vitrine’s daughter.
This box, known as ‘Town and Country’, has a city scene on the front…..very crowded and lots of action……where the reverse side is the image of a small country cottage. To me it represents the French dream – to live in the city – but to live for the weekends in the country. Contact me if you are interested in Line Vautrin pieces as I have many contacts throughout Paris for her objects.
To learn more about Line Vautrin, her work, and her fascinating life, check out www.line-vautrin.fr. This is a site created by her daughter who is passionate about keeping her Mother’s artistic spirit alive. Line Vautrin was in constant search for femininity, refinement, sensuality and subtlety. This combined with her love of words and her humour, were constants throughout her life. She was a creator who never had a master, an artist who did not follow fashions and she belonged to no particular school. She is truly original, unique.”
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