Pretty 110 Series Lenci Doll

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Beautiful 110 Series Lenci Doll Photo Credit: http://happydolls.livejournal.com


This nicely preserved 110 series doll was made around 1929 and appeared in the 1929 Lenci Catalog. The 110 series doll is of pressed wool felt expertly painted facial features and original outfit. A doll such as this that has survived the years in such good condition deserves to be protected from sunlight and moth damage for future generations to enjoy. Link to Translated Page and more great photos of this doll

Lenci Dolls of 1936 old catalog pages

1936 Lenci dolls fedora (2) fedora (1) 1936dollssource  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.

Edith the Lonely Doll: Dare Wright Media has republished two of Dare’s most beloved books

Dare Wright Media has just republished two of Dare's most beloved books. Edith And Midnight and Edith And The Duckling. These are two charming stories which were beautifully photographed on location, Midnight in the first book is a real pony that Edith befriends, and the Duckling in the second book is a real duckling. And you get another opportunity to appreciate Dare Wrights creativity in making over her beloved 109 series Lenci doll. The photographs in the new books were restored from Dare Wright's original negatives negatives. So even if you have the original books you may be interested in these for the quality of the pictures. The Edith doll is a solid body 109 Series 20" Lenci doll from 1925. If you have a shabby Lenci doll missing the outfit you can draw inspiration from the books of Dare Wright and dress her up as Edith the lonely doll.

Inspired by Edith's* hat in the book 'Edith and the Duckling' by Dare Wright, I dressed a shabby old lenci doll in a similar outfit that Edith wears in the book. I cut up an old sweater to make Edith's sweater and I knitted a hat like the one Edith wears in the book - see it in the final pages of the story. You can download the pattern for the Knitted Hat which fits a 22 inch Lenci Doll - its an easy-to-knit hat can be made in a couple of hours. In Plain knit embellished with bands of Seed Stitch, and finished with a tassel, it is a delight to make. The doll on the b/w picture above is the actual doll I made over wearing the outfit I made and she is holding an original stuffed toy identical to the one Edith has in the Lonely doll books, which I found on eBay.
The pattern pdf features a re-dressed 22" 109 series doll of 1925 wearing the knitted hat I made.

Download your pattern now:

You can also find small vinyl dolls dressed as Edith. One from Madame Alexander used the standard Madame Alexander face mold, the one I prefer is harder to find is the 10" Edith doll from Kids at Heart which has a face more like the Lenci doll and had a range of separate outfits -it can be found on eBay from time to time. Best of all is the redressed Lenci doll which always finds a place on display in my home for the holiday season together with a vintage Schuco Bear just like Mr Bear and small Steiff bear like little bear.

Vintage Doll BKW 1958 Edith the Lonely Doll WRIST TAG Signed by Madame Alexander
Vintage Doll BKW 1958 Edith the Lonely Doll WRIST TAG Signed by Madame Alexander
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A Gift From the Lonely Doll
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Madame Alexander Doll 36930 Edith The Lonely Doll Woodkin LE750 NIB
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VTG RARE 15 Inch EDITH THE LONELY DOLL MADAME ALEXANDER 1958 DARE WRIGHT GINGHAM
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The Lonely Doll DARE WRIGHT First Edition 1st Printing 1957 in Dust Jacket
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A GIFT FROM THE LONELY DOLL WRIGHT DARE RANDOM HOUSENY1966 1st Edition
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Edith the lonely doll vintage Madame Alexander 1958 distress
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Edith the Lonely Doll 12  Madame Alexander Doll w Stuffed Bear 47760 Last One
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Edith And Midnight is available for purchase on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Edith-Midnight-Lonely-Doll-Wright/dp/0615777392/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372008024&sr=1-3&keywords=edith+and+midnight&tag=scavini-20

Edith And The Duckling is also available from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Edith-Duckling-Lonely-Doll-Wright/dp/0615777406/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372008536&sr=1-3&keywords=edith+and+the+duckling&tag=scavini-20

Dare Wright Media has just republished two of Dare’s most beloved books

Dare Wright Media has just republished two of Dare's most beloved books.

Edith And Midnight is available for purchase on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Edith-Midnight-Lonely-Doll-Wright/dp/0615777392/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372008024&sr=1-3&keywords=edith+and+midnight&tag=scavini-20

Edith And The Duckling is also available from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Edith-Duckling-Lonely-Doll-Wright/dp/0615777406/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372008536&sr=1-3&keywords=edith+and+the+duckling&tag=scavini-20

The photographs were restored from Dare Wright's original negatives.ographs were restored from Dare Wright's original negatives.

Identifying Lenci Ceramics: Lady with Frog

Lenci Figurine with Frog

First of all I am not an expert on Lenci ceramics but I occasionally get questions from readers regarding ceramics and figurines they wish to identify or evaluate and I try to point them in the right direction if I can. Here is a example of one case. The owner of the lady with frog pictured here was looking for help identifying her figurine. A friend who had a great reference book at the time was able to find a page showing that lady was originally standing in a cup - I expect you would fill the cup with water as a display or centerpiece. The title is NUDA CON RANOCCHIO CON COPPA by Mario Sturani, an artist who worked for Lenci, the mark on the original is "Lenci Made in Italy Torino B. s.g.d."
The figurine is 10x35cm and the cup is 12x17cm.
I also found a Lot Description online in the Christies past auctions with price from a previous auction which refers to a lady that is not in a cup.:

Lot details: "A Lenci matt glazed figure of a naked young girl standing holding a green frog in the right hand, painted factory mark (restored) -- 13½in. high"
Price Realized (Set Currency) £1,210
($1,884)
Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate£1,000 - £1,500
($1,557 - $2,336)
Sale Information
Sale 4867
decorative arts,1850 to the present day
10 December 1992
London, South Kensington

http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=3574337&sid=93c2e4e7-eb2e-40a7-a801-ae0f08182653

Reference Page Showing complete Lenci Figure in Cup

 

On the same reference page is another art deco looking figurine of a  Lady holding a frog in one hand and shading it with the other hand. This one is called GINESTRA and it is by Sandro Vacchetti , Marked Essevi  Made in Italy Torino  1-939 XVII.

A good reference book for Lenci ceramics is Le Ceramiche Lenci by Alfonso Panzetta (Link to book page at Amazon) - the full title is "Le ceramiche Lenci, 1928-1964: Catalogo generale dall'archivio storico della manifattura" . Its currently out of print but it worth looking for used copies if you can get one.
Description:
"The privilege of exclusive access to the archive of the legendary factory in Turin, whose works are now highly sought after by museums and collectors around the world, has allowed us to make this work, which classifies the almost total ceramic production during the entire activity atelier. In addition to an exceptional array of nearly two thousand copies, some of which works now found, scattered in unknown locations and perhaps destroyed, this systematic repertoire includes all relevant information, meticulously verified as dating, names of artists and decorators, trademarks, measures and number of units produced."

A Lenci Makeover: The Lonely Doll

Knitting Pattern for 22 in  Lenci Doll
The above picture is features a shabby old 109 series Lenci doll given a makeover to look like Edith from the Lonely doll books. Her sweater was made from an old ribbed sweater I cut up in 4 parts to make to body and sleeves. The hat I knitted using a photo from the book Edith and the duckling
as a reference.   You can buy the pattern for the hat at
http://lenci-dolls.com/knit_hat.html or click on the picture above to buy the pattern and download it now.

She is wearing a pair of jeans and shoes that were originally made for a "MyTwinn" doll - you can find MyTwinn clothes on eBay click here for a selection Continue reading

Welcome to the new blog

The Lenci doll collector blogWelcome to the new blog for The Lenci Doll Collector website. Its several years now since I started The Lenci Doll Collector website at lenci-dolls.com. When  started I did not know much about making websites but I was driven by my desire to share the information I had gathered about the famous Lenci Dolls of Italy that were made in the 1920's and 30's, back in the Scavini years,when the earliest, rarest and most famous Lenci dolls were made.

There was a lack of information on the web so I decided to make a website. I had found an old Lenci Catalog with pages  I had never seen before - that was the Ars Lenci Ultime Novita Catalog of 1925  I began by learning to code some html and using notepad I put some basic pages together and still to this day the pages at lenci-dolls.com are all hand written using notepad. Generous fellow collectors donated copies of rare Lenci catalog pages and many others have shared their expertise and knowledge for which I am very grateful.

It is long overdue for me to add a wordpress blog using the latest wordpress technology so I can more easly add new content and site visitors can comment if they wish.

So  I hope you find the blog useful  you are welcome to add your comment and feedback.

The location of the blog is http://lenci-dolls.com/blog/ and the main site is at http://lenci-dolls.com

Best Wishes,

Patricia Hayes