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anyone heard of "Talossel"? Rosanna?
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Posted by: stefany Post Reply
06/04/2019, 23:42:30

described as a modelling material invented around 1960 by the french artist Line Vautrin, as layers of resin, or Cellulose Acetate ... i just saw a necklace in an online auction with beads described as Talossel inlaid with small chips of mirror glass... so intriguing...

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Nope, never heard of it - very interesting though!
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
06/05/2019, 13:57:48

My first pass through the internet revealed that the name was derived from French terms as follows:

"This 1950's patented term is an acronym for ace TA te de cellu LOS e EL abore (Elaborate Cellulose Acetate)."

Cellulose acetate (CA) followed the development of cellulose nitrate (Celluloid) and was less flammable than Celluloid. CA melts easily and also dissolves easily in many industrial solvents. Most of the commercial uses started up after WWI (1917) although the chemical itself was known back in 1865. CA was/is used for film, fibers, and other plastic articles like buttons, eyeglass frames, and even the original Lego bricks (1949 - 1963).

To make Talosel, it looks like colored additives and maybe fillers were used to create a CA paste or dough that was made into sheets or free-form shapes. A lot of the Talosel designs has small mirrors embedded into thicker pieces.

Also -seems the spellings with one s and two s's are used interchangeably.

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More Talosel information
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
06/05/2019, 16:06:25

This is from an eBay Auction**. A lot of talosel jewelry appears to be made from melting and burning (pyrography) sheets of cellulose acetate, as well as melting cabochons and other inclusions into the plastic. Some examples from auctions are shown.

**Made in France in the early 1950's this type of jewelry are hand made and unique being one of a kind , Henry Perichon and Line Vautrin both experimented with with a new kind of resinous material called cellulose acetate, which she dubbed “Talosel,” an acronym she derived from the French term for the material: aceTAte de celluLOSe ELaboré. They worked with Talosel the way other worked with metal, melting it down and forming it into unusual shapes and ornaments, yielding a result that was strangely primitive, like medieval objects in a church treasury, and yet totally unique and unusual. . The air of the time of the post-war rejected the geometric shapes of art deco and welcome to the neo-medieval to baroque, the luxury inspired of yore. At the cinema, during the occupation and in the immediate post-war, found in the poetic films in costumes of Carné and Prévert or Jean Cocteau. The haute-couture then proposed dresses and hats of princesses ready to wander in the corridors of castles or to pose nonchalantly in salons .
The Jewelry "Henry" were in this reverie of an ornament to the mode, but drawing from other time. They were sold in the stores of couture and luxury boutiques, the stars of the time as Michèle Morgan or Claudette Colbert wore them.
Today Henry is part of the creators of the great period of the fancy jewelry of luxury whose production is sought by collectors both in France and in Europe and the United States.

Talosel :invented by the industries of Rhone-Poulenc at the beginning of the twentieth century, this plastic to basis of cellulose acetate, harder and more thick that the cellophane and devoid of the characteristics sharp glass, was for example used for the realization of Monture of glasses. In his workshop Lyonnais, Périchon and Vautrin analyzed the possibilities offered by this matter very similar to the shell and associates to the technique of the pyrography to create a new range of jewelry entirely artisanal. Shaped by hand, the mount in basic Rhodoïd of these jewels is then crimped of metallic inclusions and stones of the Rhine, attractive by their specific stains.

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Re: anyone heard of "Talossel"? Rosanna?/Yes French Artist Line Vautrin....
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Posted by: AnneLFG Post Reply
06/05/2019, 18:00:56

The famous French Artist, Line Vautrin (1913-1997), used and Registered the product Talosel- (assuming this is another spelling) which she utilized in her Jewelry and other creations such as decorative items. She was still an "energized" creative force in 1987 at the age of 75, according to what I'm reading.

Per Christie's: "She was preoccupied by boxes with mother-of-pearl covers, new experiments, and what she dubbed ‘pellimorphoses’ (surfaces or forms in resin, charged with psychic powers), just as she had once been by her Talosel mirrors or jewellery and objects of gilt bronze. Not that her commitment to one category precluded another; she developed them in parallel, investing in each her skills and poetic sensibility."
"A second chapter in her career was devoted to experiments with cellulose acetate, which she set with small fragments of mirror. It was a meticulous, fastidious and — because of the toxic fumes — dangerous medium, for which she registered the name Talosel. She moved to the Quai des Grands Augustins, opened a boutique on the Left Bank, and then a workshop where she endeavoured to pass on the skills associated with the techniques she had invented.

Her only concerns were for tactile sensitivity, subtlety of modelling and logic of form. Each object in Talosel — boxes, lamp bases, tables, mirrors — was made to a design conceived by her, yet each was unique, a singular, hand-crafted piece."

Here is a Christie's Auction page:

Pinterest has one page, at least, showing some of Line Vautrin's Talosel creations:

Hope this helps..

Bead lover, collector since Age 15, semi-retired had wholesale/retail bead, folk art, tribal art store Lost and Found Gallery for 25 yrs. in DT Greensboro, NC

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