Line Vautrin’s 1957 mirror “For Larks” flew off to a new home, where it will add a touch of poetry.
Line Vautrin (1913-1997), mirror “For Larks”, round Talosel champagne frame featuring 12 larks inlaid with natural mirrors forming a crown around the flat mirror, dated "20.12.57", traces of signature, diam. 44 cm/17.32 in.
Despite being in its original condition, with the exception of a few missing pieces and deformations, the mirror’s high estimate was €40,000, but several selling points thrust it to €93,600: its large size, the conservation of its original glass, which is dated 1957, and the relative rarity of this poetic model, less produced than others. The mirror “For Larks” reflects Vautrin’s penchant for puns, scrap materials and verses of poets from Jean Passerat in the 16th century to Paul Valéry. In the 1940s, she began inscribing them onto her creations, from jewelry to small bronze boxes and mirrors made of Talosel, a resin made from acetate, that expanded her repertoire in the early 1950s. Another material, stained glass, was the emblem of Louis Comfort Tiffany, who used scraps of glass to make lampshades with endless color combinations. An example is the bronze-footed "bamboo" lamp made about 1900, which fetched €19,500 (h. 59 cm/23.22 in, diam. 40.5 cm/15.94 in). Nature-inspired Dom Robert’s Aubusson 1957 tapestry L'Arbre d'or (The Golden Tree), which was woven by the Suzanne Goubly Gatien studio and fetched €13,000 (175 x 210 cm/68.89 x 82.68 in). However, Móveis Cimo’s commode did not find a buyer.