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Author: Clizia Turchi
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..
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.
Unfortunately she lost also her clogs, her buckets and her hat.
Playthings Magazine Oct 1920
Early Lenci Catalog showing Dutch Dolls Catalog: Lenci di E Scavini, Private collection
-Polly Judd, Cloth Dolls
-Playthings magazine (October 1920)
Catalog: Lenci di E Scavini, Private collection
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A Rare Lenci Native American Chief Doll sold on eBay recently. This rare doll in fine condition is from the early year of production made sometime during the years from 1919 to 1923. Only a small number of each the early dolls were made under the direction of Madame Lenci. This doll was sold for US $725.00 on Jan 20, 2015 -Details here
Dollmastery Vignette Series presents antique dolls featuring Lenci dolls of the legendary collection of Alice Avery. Part 3.
Narrated by Florence Theriault
This is a large Lenci Boudoir doll dated to 1924 that was sold on eBay by my daughter at one time who took the photo originally, I found her picture online on another site much later and was glad to see it again, such is the internet...
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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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.