Fernanda Fassy dressed as Lenci doll

Fernanda Fassy, Roma 1895 attrice del cinema muto, vestita come la Circense Lenci del 1926. Italian silent film actress dressed like the circus girl by Lenci 1926,

Fernanda Fassy, Roma 1895 attrice del cinema muto, vestita come la Circense Lenci del 1926. Italian silent film actress dressed like the circus girl by Lenci 1926,

Marcello Dudovitch design for a Lenci doll outfit

Marcello Dudovich design for a Lenci doll outfit


Fernanda Fassy, silent screen actress wearing a Lenci inspired dress as seen in the design by Dudovich for Lenci

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Two Early Lenci Dolls

Author: Clizia Turchi

Two Early Lenci DollsThis is the story of two old dolls manufactured by the Lenci company nearly 100 years ago.
These models are the No.103 and No.102, described in an advertisement of Playthings magazine (October 1920) as dolls of the Scavini company.

The discovery of the two dolls was very special, both because they are very old, and because if there were no illustrations that depict the two characters and the mark on them, one could hardly say that they came from the Lenci factory. Indeed, although with some differences, it could be said that they better resemble some characters of the Steiff company, both in form and in the button for identification..

From the details of the two dolls can see that one has the appearance of a Dutch woman (in the original model she carried two buckets of milk, which are now lost) and the other is a Dutch man.

Early Lenci Dutch Woman

The woman, as seen in the original advertisement, is classified under the number 102 ( Lenci began their numbering from No. 101), she is 16 1/2 inches (42 cm) tall, the typical zigzag of the factory at the back of her head,. She has human hair on her head, and ears at the center of the side seams..
Hands are mitten type with defined fingers and the eyes have a highlight at the upper side of the pupil. The doll wears a sewn on blue jacket, a red and blue skirt, a red scarf, and a white apron, with a sky blue and white striped panel at the top.

Playthings Magazine 1920

Certainly, comparing it with a photo published in the book Cloth Dolls by Polly Judd, (pub.by Hobby House Press, at pg.116) she originally had a Lenci identification button attached to her apron, but now it is there is no more, just a hole remains in it place.
Unfortunately she lost also her clogs, her buckets and her hat.
Early Lenci Dutch ManThe man still has his button on the ear on which is printed the Lenci mark in block letters. He is ranked as number 103, he is 14 inches (cm 36) tall and fatter than the woman. Also the man no longer has his clogs.
Both of the dolls heads rotate at the neck, and they are formed in five pieces.
After analyzing carefully the two dolls, the most curious collector may ask whether these models being so old, could have been painted by Madame Lenci"s own hand, but this we may never know.
But however, I can say with certainly that, as with many stories common to the beginning of last century, these two dolls have traveled a lot. In fact, from Torino (Italy) their journey began by boat to America in the '20s, to return again by airplane to Italy today. Not bad for this pair of almost one hundred years of age, right?Clizia Turchi
Mail: clizia1@supereva.it


Early Lenci Dutch doll
Early Lenci Dutch doll
Early Lenci Dutch doll


Early Lenci Dutch doll
Playthings Magazine Oct 1920
Early Lenci Catalog - Dutch dolls
Early Lenci Catalog showing Dutch Dolls Catalog: Lenci di E Scavini, Private collection
Dolls are from a private collection

-Polly Judd, Cloth Dolls
-Playthings magazine (October 1920)
Catalog: Lenci di E Scavini, Private collection
Photos: © Clizia Turchi All rights reserved

Pretty 110 Series Lenci Doll


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

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Vintage Photo of Large Lenci Boudoir Doll “Mimi” 1926

Vintage Photo of Large Lenci Boudior doll of 1926

Vintage Photo of Large Lenci Boudoir doll of 1926

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.
Lenci catalog 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.Lenci boudior doll 1926

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.