Lenci Miniature; The Sweeper felt doll, 9 1/2"
Lenci = Ludus Est Nobis Constanter Industria
To Play Is Our Constant Work
Elena Scavini (Madame Lenci) and her brother Bubine König first created a
dimensional pressed felt face doll in 1919 in Turin, Italy. Early marked
Lenci dolls have a tiny silver metal button attached to the clothing. A
little later the button was enlarged and has the name
Lenci on it, over the
years Lenci also used cardboard tags that can include a model name or number
and/or cotton ribbons, always with the Lenci name on them and the bottom of the
dolls foot is some times stamped in black or purple ink Lenci. Lenci dolls
range in size from a tiny 5" to 48" tall.
Lenci doll series and types include; 300 series children with hollow
torsos, 1500 pouty series, 165 ladies or gentlemen and 700 girls. Lenci
made; Adult, Teenage and Children dolls, Bambino bent limb babies, Mascotte
dolls 9", Miniature dolls with surprised faces 9 1/2", Hard Faced; mask or
flocked hard plastic. Lenci special character
dolls; Amor black
cupid, Amelia Earhardt, a Googly glass eyed doll, Tom Mix, Mozart, Mendel and Bach,
Oriental dolls, Rudolph Valentino and others, as well as many accessories made of felt.
dolls were made by;
Alma, Farnell's Alpha
Alexander, American Stuffed Novelty,
Celia, Davis, Dean's Rag Book, Eros, Fiori, Giotti, La Rosa, Magis,
Messina-Vat, Perotti, Pori,
Raynal, Sacati of Torino, Italy and
Norah Wellings of England.