Dec 7, 1920 Lenci Dolls in Printemps Catalog

Catalog page of Lenci Doll Published in Au Printemps, Jouets, Mardi 7 Décembre, 1920

Dominique Pennegues drew my attention to this wonderful catalog page from Au Printemps showing the range of Lenci dolls offered from sale for Winter 1920/21. A notice on the cover of the Au Printemps toy catalog announces that the toys will be on exhibit from Tuesday Dec 7, 1920 for the entire month. Here we see examples of some of the earliest and rarest of Lenci dolls such as the Pierrot, the cowboy, Harelquin, the Salome doll, which was already on the market in 1919,  and the early toddler dolls etc. Notice the prices in French francs, which were roughly equivalent to the US dollar value at the time.

Many thanks to Dominique for this rare record of Lenci dolls from winter 1920-21.

Dominique's website: http://french-cloth-dolls-encyclopedia.com/web/index.php/en/

Very Rare 1925 Lenci doll

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Rare 1925 Lenci Doll on eBay

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This is a rare 1925 Lenci doll Model 350A with forward looking eyes Click Here to see it on eBay. This model was only sold in 1925 and then discontinued making it very rare indeed. The doll came in 2 different versions one with long hair as seen here and one with a bob wearing a hat which can be seen in Continue reading

Rare early Lenci Minstrel and Lady

I am delighted to share with your a rare glimpse of a pair of very rare early Lenci character dolls from the first years of the Lenci company. Leanne from Australia has generously shared photos of her extremely rare Lenci dolls - possibly a prince and princess or a lady and knight or minstrel. The man has an upturned gaze perhaps posed to look upwards towards his lady above on a balcony.ladyandminstrel

Rare Lenci Character Dolls in Medieval Costume

Rare Lenci Character Dolls in Medieval Costume

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Previously in an old blog post ( http://lenci-dolls.com/082007.html) I shared a picture of a similar pair of dolls - but the due to the way the dolls were posed we could not clearly see the outfits  I had attempted to reconstruct the prince's outfit in photoshop but never saw the details on the leggings because they were hidden by a table.  I can now see that they are indeed a match for Leanne's dolls. Finally the mystery is resolved! A big Thank You to Leanne for sharing these great detailed pictures!lencipair

Closing Prices for Lenci Dolls on Jan 14 Theriaults auction

This was the live proxibid auction of Theriaults "Other People's Lives" - Session II, Antique Dolls on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The highest price of this selection went to lot 399 a very rare ethnic doll "Hottentot" from the mid 1920's in great condition with original outfit and accessories, closely followed by a rare googly, autumn from the seasons collection of 1931. The Pola Negri doll with silk hair in a white dress with felt trimmings that was attributed to Lenci  - in my opinion it looks more like a  Perotti of Brazil  - it sold for $4,000. Joao Perotti was a former Lenci worker that started his own company in Brazil and made dolls using molded felt similar to the Lenci dolls, but using cheaper materials like the silk hair, and usually they are dressed in spanish costume and their felt trimmings often use zig zag edging (which is rarely seen in Lenci dolls)  like the flower in the hair of this doll.

Rare Italian Brown Felt Character Doll by Lenci with Original Costume and Jewelry 1200/1700

Lot # 399

16" (41 cm.) Slender girl of reddish/brown felt with swivel head, elongated throat, pressed and painted facial features, brown side-glancing eyes, white eyedots, dot brow...more

Sold for: $7,750.00

Extremely Rare and Wonderful Italian Felt Googly by Lenci Known as "Autumn" 3000/4000

Lot # 242

19" (48 cm.) Felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features, large round googly eyes in brown painted downcast expression, outlined eyes with curly lashes, sli...more

Sold for: $7,500.00

Rare Italian Felt Doll by Lenci, Inspired by Mary Pickford, from "Poupées Salon" Series 2500/3500

Lot # 238

28" (71 cm.) One-piece felt head and torso with refined slender shape and pose, her head inclined to the right with uptilted chin, side-glancing blue eyes in defined eye ...more

Sold for: $6,750.00

Italian Felt Character Doll Portraying Josephine Baker by Lenci 5000/7000

Lot # 401

18" (46 cm.) Plumply-shaped light brown wool felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features, brown side-glancing painted eyes with white eyedots, curly lashes,...more

Sold for: $6,500.00

Early and Very Rare Italian Felt Spanish Lady by Lenci with Superb Costume and Painted Teeth 2000/30

Lot # 235

29" (74 cm.) Felt swivel head with elongated strong throat, head positioned to look sideways, strongly-modeled facial features, brown side-glancing eyes with black upper ...more

Sold for: $6,250.00

The Rare Italian Cloth Portrait Doll by Lenci Depicting Valentino as "The Sheik" 4000/6500

Lot # 237

30" (76 cm.) Felt swivel head with firmly-pressed and painted facial features, strongly-defined cheeks, jaw and nose structure, painted brown side-glancing eyes, painted ...more

Sold for: $5,750.00

Wonderful Italian Felt Doll Depicting Actress Pola Negri by Lenci 2000/3000

Lot # 236

29" (74 cm.) Felt swivel head with very elongated strong throat, oval-shaped face with pressed and painted facial features, brown-side-glancing eyes with brown encircling...more

Sold for: $4,000.00

Rare Italian Felt "Bellhop Googly" by Lenci, Model 563 from 1928 Catalog 1200/2000

Lot # 330

23" (58 cm.) Felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features, very chubby cheeks, large shaded-blue side-glancing eyes with pronounced white accent dots, grey e...more

Sold for: $4,000.00

An All-Original Italian Felt Character Girl, 109 Model, by Lenci 1200/1700

Lot # 334

23" (58 cm.) Felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features, brown side-glancing eyes, dark upper eyeliner with painted curly lashes, white eyedots, grey lower...more

Sold for: $3,200.00

Wonderful Italian Felt Sunflower Girl from Series 110 by Lenci 1100/1500

Lot # 332

18" (46 cm.) Felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features, brown side-glancing eyes with pronounced shading and white accent dots, grey eye shadow, painted b...more

Sold for: $2,200.00

Italian Felt Character, Opium Smoker with Pipe, by Lenci 1500/1800

Lot # 400

11" (28 cm.) All-felt doll with plump swivel head, amber-tinted complexion, high domed forehead with high comma-shaped brows, modeled closed eyes, long painted lashes, cl...more

Sold for: $1,800.00

Early Italian Felt Doll by Lenci Depicting Spanish Lady with Wooden Fan 1200/1800

Lot # 236.1

24" (61 cm.) Felt swivel head with uptilted face on long slender neck, original darkened complexion, well-defined chin and cheek bones, painted facial features, side-glan...more

Sold for: $1,500.00

Italian Felt Glass-Eyed Googly Known as the Merry Widow by Lenci 1200/1700

Lot # 331

19" (48 cm.) Felt swivel head with firmly-pressed facial features, blue glass flirty googly eyes, long painted curly brown lashes, high arched brows, upturned rounded no...more

Sold for: $1,500.00

An All-Original Italian Felt Character Girl, 300 Series, by Lenci 900/1200

Lot # 333

17" (43 cm.) Felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features, brown side-glancing eyes with grey lower eye shadow, painted brown curly lashes, accented nostrils...more

Sold for: $1,500.00

Italian Felt "Barefoot Winker" by Lenci in Original Costume, with Silver Lenci Button 1200/1500

Lot # 241

11" (28 cm.) Felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features, eyes sculpted to appear as though he is winking with painted blue left eye nearly shut, paitned la...more

Sold for: $1,400.00

Two Italian Felt Miniature Dolls by Lenci in Original Matching Gowns 400/700

Lot # 239

8" (20 cm.) Each has felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features, blue or brown side-glancing googly eyes, painted curly lashes, "O" shaped mouth, blonde mo...more

Sold for: $1,300.00

Two Italian Felt Miniature Dolls by Lenci 400/600

Lot # 402

8" (20 cm.) Each has felt head with pressed and painted facial features, painted googly-like eyes, long curly lashes, rounded nose, closed mouth with pouty lips, accente...more

Sold for: $1,300.00

Italian Felt Glass-Eyed Googly in Organdy Gown 1100/1500

Lot # 405

19" (48 cm.) Felt swivel head with pressed facial features, brown glass googly eyes with grey eye shadow and dramatic long curly painted brown lashes, slightly-modeled br...more

Sold for: $1,000.00

Two Italian Cloth Miniature Dolls by Lenci in Original Vibrant Costumes 400/700

Lot # 240

9" (23 cm.) Each has felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features, brown side-glancing googly eyes, painted curly upper lashes, comma brows, accented nostril...more

Sold for: $950.00

Lenci Bambina on ebay this week

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