While the Lenci company had more than 600 workers during the '30s, it was also deep in debt and a partnership became a necessity. Now I want to write this letter about two dolls of mine, and I hope it is a little interesting for you too. Rubicon Project This is an ad network. Brief History It was an age where porcelain dolls were the norm when Elena Scavini created dolls made of felt as an answer to the need for dolls that can be truly played with. The large mouth has a lower lip slightly pink than the upper lip and is portrayed in a mocking smile.
She was a master and brilliant doll designer. These babies were made of textured fabric, painted and then lacquered. The history is complex and turbulent. The factory was bombed during an air-raid in 1944. Throughout the years Lenci's dolls evolved and took on varying characteristics that can be noted by segmenting within time periods. After the war production pickup again and the googly-eyed dolls were extremely popular. The bodies and legs were made of flesh-colored muslin.
No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. Una visita alla fabbrica delle bambole Lenci. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. His face seems carved in stone, but his bright eyes and sharp, as if they would pierce the eyes of his interlocutor. This doll had bent elbows with mitten hands. The company could recover only by adding the production of to that of toys Image 10, workshop drawing for ceramics.
Believe it or not there are still many other stages her dolls evolved through that are not featured here. An innovative feature for this time, Elena, introduced the head tilted back and to the side. Plastic Lenci dolls were manufactured in the 1950s and they were decidedly not as aesthetically satisfying. The first dolls had bendable knees. The book is hard cover with it's original jacket. For further details please contact Sherri directly I am the Assistant Curator at Castle Kilbride National Historic Site in Baden, Ontario. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
These dolls have Lenci stamped into the felt of the foot. According to some publications, the Lenci company had manufactured in the '20s, than the early dolls also very rudimentary, figures such as cowboy ethnic, oriental and even among these Native Americans, as we see from the photo catalog of the Firm in 1923 with number 105 , inspired by fashion of the time and from the period lived from Madame Lenci in a international circus Lenci Catalog of 1923 The picture of the old catalog shows an Indian with bow and arrows and a colorful headgear, but the endless stories that he lived justify today the absence of these, and finally a well deserved rest in our living room. She gave to the world the most splendid and charming dolls. The surname Lenci was first found in Florence Italian: Firenze , originally the capital of , then capital of the kingdom of Italy. This part was not stuffed so the doll could sit.
The most sought-after of the Lenci dolls are the original Elena Scavini creations- Boudoir and character dolls that could fetch from five hundred to thousands of dollars. I went through six books written in Italian about the Lenci company and in particular the artist Elana. . The eyes face sideways, giving the boys a sullen expression and the girls one of loneliness. I think it is a truly rare piece of special interest to collectors. Condition: generally excellent, slight banding fade at midriff, few very tiny moth holes.
They were produced in various sizes, sold with various costumes or uniforms. The Anili doll is thought to be the most important part of the Lenci history. Between the old toys in the trunk peeps an unusual puppet depicting an Indian, put there and forgotten for nearly a century ago by a child, who was too big to play with. The Anili doll molds were made by Bubine Konig, Elena's brother and manufactured by the Mazzucchelli Company. Felt pressed dolls were very popular in the nineteenth century and just after the first world war.
Lenci Boy and girl dolls sitting together at the Judges' Lodgings, Lancaster The bodies and the clothing of Lenci boy and girl dolls are made of pressed woolen felt. An exhibition in Paris followed, where Madame Lenci made friends with Josephine Baker, whom she would later Image 4, workshop drawing for Baker doll. Throughout Elena's years with the company that she built, she evolved many styles, but one thing that remained consistent is Elena's distinctive look. Akismet This is used to detect comment spam. A Lenci doll with a unique history.
The molding was so life-like that these dolls had fat and dimples like a real baby. It takes a bit of study to learn to recognize the faces of the genuine Lenci dolls, refer to the pictures and on this website and watch the of the more expensive Lenci dolls to see what the experts are bidding on and your knowledge will increase. Login This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service. As a rule of thumb the monetary value is only an estimate of what it would cost to replace your doll taking account of its condition at current prices. They were purported to have been made in memory and in the image of a dead daughter. Because of this there are certain features and characteristics to look for. Stores are responsible for providing correct and current prices.
Chessa, '23, private collection 12- Veneziana,'24, private collection 13- Fukuruko, '25, coll. Facebook Login You can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. You have now been given a glimmer in to the created dolls of Elanor Konig Scavini. I'm thinking of making an offer on a Prosperity Baby if it is not the 1950's plastic doll. Historical closing prices are only a guideline to current values because the market sets the value in the end, just like stock prices. This model was only sold in 1925 and then discontinued making it very rare indeed.