Rare Josephone Baker Lenci Doll
Offered on "I Only Wanted to Wonder", A Marquis Doll Auction
Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 | 11:00 AM Eastern
18" (46 cm.) Plumply-cheeked light brown wool felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features, dark brown side-glancing painted eyes with white eye dots, curly upper lashes, rounded nose with accent dots, very full red felt stitched-on lips, black mohair wig in short bobbed style with forelock curl, stitched-on ears, uniquely-constructed body with voluptuous pose, sculpted bosom, constructed bent elbows, bow-legged knee. Condition: generally excellent, slight banding fade at midriff, few very tiny moth holes. Comments: Lenci, circa 1926, the doll portrays the American-born Parisian dancer, Josephine Baker, in the costume of her most famous performance, "Danse Banane" at the Folies Bergere; the doll was named Josephine in the Lenci catalog. Value Points: extremely rare Lenci model with uniquely-stitch-sculpted body and highly-stylized unique face, wearing well-preserved original costume of felt bananas and leaves, bangle necklace, wrist and ankle bracelets.
Update: This doll closed at: $5,250.00
The Doll Collection of Alexandra and Sidney Sheldon
The Auction of The Doll Collection of Alexandra and Sidney Sheldon will take place in Los Angeles on 24 Jun 2013
This auction at Bonhams promises to be of interest to collectors of early Lenci dolls from the 1920s and 1930s. With fine examples of Lenci Boudoir Lady dolls, character dolls and child dolls.
A note of caution to serious collectors: I just noticed lot 5025 titled "A Lenci felt boy doll" is actually not a Lenci doll. It looks like a French Raynal doll also I see he is wearing an added genuine Lenci doll coat over his original outfit. The book Lenci Dolls: Dorothy Coleman also mistakenly identified this same model doll as a Lenci. Additionally, the Skiier doll (lot 5355) to the right of the picture above is another French made felt doll that is also misidentified as a Lenci.
Preview Dates at Bonhams LA
- 21 Jun 2013 10:00 - 17:00
- 22 Jun 2013 10:00 - 17:00
- 23 Jun 2013 10:00 - 17:00
Lenci Collectors will be delighted to see rare Lenci dolls on the block at Proxibid online auction on Jan 14 2012
Among the listing is a rare Rudolf Valentino Lenci doll and Lenci Lady dolls, Lenci googlies, plus rare ethnic Lenci dolls such as the early Chinese Opium Smoker with pipe and two black Lenci dolls, the smaller black doll with grass skirt and the Josephine Baker Lenci seen in the 1926 Lenci catalog. You can see an original 1927 Lenci catalog picture of the Rudolf Valentino Lenci doll in the 1927 Lenci Catalog slide show in the Gallery section.
Click here for the Lenci items on Proxibid
Read about Josephine Baker Lenci doll : Celebrity Favorites: Josephine Baker
I just had an email from Stefanie the owner of this rare Lenci Spanish Lady doll to tell me that her pictures are currenty being used by another seller on ebay who does not have her doll - and her doll is NOT for sale. I searched ebay and found an auction using her pictures and a copy of english part of her description at eBay listing no 130619111628. I am assured by Stefanie that her doll is not for sale and the person using her pictures is using them without her permission. She has notified eBay about this issue.
Her original auction was at this link and that auction is now closed.
Madame Pompadour Lenci doll serie 165/16 with tag 1930
More treats for Lenci fans on eBay for the holiday season - the highlight this weekend is without doubt the Madame Pompadour Lenci doll series no 165/16 with tag 1930 in lovely condition.
R John Wright Flower Fairy - The Christmas Tree Fairy on eBay
Several rare and discontinued R JOHN WRIGHT creations are appearing on eBay in time for holiday shoppers to add to their collections. This week a cute white sleeping Christmas Dreams rabbit got a lot of attention.
R JOHN WRIGHT CHRISTMAS DREAMS WHITE RABBIT No 14 of 50 on eBay
This time of the year usually turns up a few treats for Lenci collectors on eBay. Many of you will already know that Anili is the daughter of Elena Scavini(Madame Lenci). When Madame Lenci sold her company to the Garella's in the early 1930's she stayed on as artistic director for a number of years, and then left the company. Her daughter Anili started a new company called Anili, they made felt dolls dolls under the Anili label. Madame Lenci herself was involved in the design of the dolls so they are of interest to Lenci collectors for this reason. Lenci was Elena Scavini's nickname, it is a diminutive of her original German name 'Helenchen'. When she sold the business she could no longer make dolls under the Lenci name. This week on eBay I see two black Anili dolls that I have not seen before from seller palm7875
They are black dolls in two versions of the Anili doll molds
Black Anili Lady doll on eBay
Black Anili Child Doll on eBay
1930's Lenci Bambina
Ebay member beamdoggie is selling a rare Lenci Bambina on eBay this week. This is a lovely 1930's Lenci Bambina in fine condition and a treat for some Lenci collector for the holidays. It is rare to see a Lenci bambina at auction so just looking at the pictures is a treat. The seller has added a picture from Nancy Lazenby's book Lenci: The History and the Dolls that looks like the same exact doll.
Click Here to View the Auction Listing on eBay
Below are the Proxibid auction results of the entire selection of Lenci dolls from the recent Candy Spelling Collection auction - the Lenci Sam black boudior doll fetched $19,000 and the Lenci Josephine Baker went for $11,000. this is nowhere near the high prices of some of bisque dolls that were sold but these are high prices for Lenci dolls nevertheless. If you are a collector who buys or sells on eBay the prices for the dolls below is relevant in terms of current market pricing for the rare character dolls and the near mint condition Lenci dolls. If you missed the online auction, you may even get a chance to see some of these dolls again. In the days or weeks following a major auction it is not uncommon to find some of the same dolls listed on eBay for resale. So take note of the prices and bookmark this page for your reference. Scroll down for the details Continue reading
Lenci collectors are in for a treat. The Candy Spelling doll collection is going under the hammer in a couple of weeks time. Just looking at the pictures on the Proxibid web site, of some of the rarely seen dolls from the Candy Spelling collection is a rare chance to view examples of Lenci dolls that any avid Lenci collector would drool over.
There is a fine Josephine Baker of 1926 and the pouty 300 series Lenci skater, Lenci boudoir dolls and more - a real treat for the eyes and a chance for some lucky winning bidders to take home some prize examples of Lenci dolls from the most desirable years of production. Continue reading