Thanks to Patrizia for sharing these great photos on her Facebook page: :https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1162931443726682&set=pcb.1162933100393183&type=3&theater
This is an old vintage photo of a Large Lenci lady boudoir doll that is very rare and much wanted by collectors. This particular doll is one of the largest sizes made by Lenci and first appeared in the Lenci Catalog of 1926.
This doll came posed in her own chair and was named Mimi. Some collectors call her Marlene Dietrich possibly because the pose reminds us of the movie The Blue Angel (1930). However this doll was on the market in 1926 well before the Blue Angel was made and before Marlene Dietrich was well known outside of Germany so this Mimi doll probably represents a singer or character from the stage from the early 1920's and from before 1926 when this doll came on the market.
source Archivio storico del Comune di Torino
Seen above is the cover of the 1936 Lenci catalog and some pages showing the dolls of that year, the new surface washable baby dolls were featured, one model is called "Pupo". These were the depression years and by 1936 the Lenci company had been bought out by the Garella brothers who kept Madame Lenci on as artistic director until she retired,after which she helped her daughter Anili launch her own felt doll manufacturing company.
I found this old photo marked with the name Jane Naugle of a woman with three Lenci dolls, she is looking at a 109 series Lenci doll that dates to 1924 at the earliest, the other 3 Lenci dolls also appear to be from the 1924 Lenci Ars Novita catalog.These dolls were quite expensive at the time, so she is probably an actress or celebrity.