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 Lenci’s remarkably well portrayed and executed version of the “ Asian Child” wearing all felt and embroided multi-colored costume complete with obi at waist, three dimensional embroidered flowers, yellow, trousers, realistic black wig showing “ widow’s peak “ on center forehead, upswept and pinned on top, and secured in place with more floral felt flower petals and leaves. The eye cuts are slanted upward with dramatic lash painting and eyebrows. She has black cross-strap felt sandals, with exposed feet, separately stitched fingers, a swivel neck and retains the original square paper Lenci identification tag sewn to right bottom of the long coat. The tag bears a registered Lenci logo of a curly-haired girl with outstretched arms and flowers with the “ Lenci “ signature-style “ mark and also reading “ MODELLO DEPOSITATO “ , “ Made in Italy “ , “ Torino”. The doll is in very good overall original condition with just minor typical surface dust and fading. One of more desirable and most difficult Lenci “ 300 Series “ models to find. As is also fairly standard, the “ 300” Series dolls measure about 17” (43cm) tall. If you have the boy , this is a great opportunity to find his 16” ( 41cm ) early  sister!……………………………………………SOLD 

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 Exotic (early 1930s) 16” ( 41cm ) all felt child doll with Lenci’s interpretation of a dark complexion girl, most likely from the African continent as she wears a very charming necklace with carved wooden and painted animals including two camels, and elephant, a serpent, and from left ear a striped cat, perhaps meant to represent a lion or tiger. From the right ear hangs one large hoop earring. On right wrist and ankle are bead bracelets. She is clothed only in a grass skirt with five dangling felt strip bows, each in a various configuration of two colors. All fingers and toes are separately stitched with the thumbs and “ Big” toes outstretched. The head swivels and arms and legs are articulated at shoulders and hips. Her painted eyes are both side glancing cautiously to the left, eyebrows the “ one -dot “ style indicating a very early period Lenci, and human hair dark wig gathered upward and tightly secured on top of head. Although never meant to portray “ Josephine Baker” , the vintage of this dolls coincides with the production of the plumper “ Josephine with her famous “ skirt “ constructed of Bananas. This manner of portrayal of non-European ethic peoples would not be considered saleable nor acceptable today but we are dealing with history when norms in time and place in which the doll was manufactured and sold must be considered and put into context. Nevertheless, she is a wonderful important doll, hard to find, and in remarkable overall good condition considering age and type. She also has a blue UFDC Region 2-South Regional Conference ribbon form 1991 in San Diego from the “ Lenci-Ethnic “ category……………………………………….SOLD

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Perhaps very underrated as is so infrequently seen/available is this 17” ( 44cm ) Kathe Kruse “ Doll I “ , circa 1930, with blond mohair wig with center part and two  “ pigtail “-type braids framing the face at both sides and wearing all original clothing consisting of a cream pleated blouse with two metal buttons ,a short cotton floral print dress  and apron, a “ onesie “ undergarment, and original socks and white oilcloth shoes with elastic straps. On the bottom of the right foot are penciled-in numbers and a somewhat illegible purple stamp, and on the left sole a red “ ( Kathe Kruse ) signature “ stamp as well as a number “ 115585 “. Rarely do these dolls come onto the market so do not miss this rare opportunity to add this rare doll to your collection!. US$ 3,900

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One of the earliest Kathe Kruse “Doll I’s “ we have owned and probably one of the first in the era of these she made on her own after her earlier unhappy ( on her part ) association with Kammer and Reinhardt and the so-called “ Froghand “-type dolls made as a result of that temporary alliance. As is accustomed she stands 17” ( 43cm )tall, has a chubby head and body with very wide hips joined by swivel diagonal joints, all molded and painted facial features and hair in a more unusual chocolate brown color with head firmly attached to the torso and sewn joints allowing slight movement of the arms at the shoulders. Although the costume shows some slight deterioration of the fabric in back it is most unusual and totally atypical from the norm with distinctive green and gold metallic mesh collar and cap, white cotton and linen underclothing, and nice leather sandal-type shoes impressed “6” on the soles. The body is sturdy and clean, the facial paint still excellent and relatively bright despite her age of more than 100+ years with only a slight loss of color on back center of the hair. She has a red ( signature ) K Kruse stamp on the left foot and a number somewhat blurred but could be “ 3418”(?). Kruse dolls of this period in this condition and with this much originality are much rarer than one would imagine so this is a perfect opportunity for one to avail him/herself to add this to one’s collection!……………………..US$ 4,300.

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Very pretty early ( circa 1920 ) DOLL I by Kathe Kruse, 17” ( 43cm ) with brown painted hair with wispy long curls extending onto the forehead, one piece head and body with all molded and painted hair and facial features, clean body with diagonal swivel joints and sewn joints at shoulders and wearing primarily original clothing of red and white printed cotton culotte-type clothing with shoulder straps crisscrossing in back, a white apron with two huge tie belt-type attachments in back, original socks and brown leather sandal-type shoes, and a period but replaced white cotton long sleeved blouse with high collar. Overall painted surface is original and very good with a few slight black specks on nose tip and a slight loss of color on right side cheek due to a probable wax base expansion underneath the pressed cloth facial surface. Nevertheless this is still a very nice example with the overall condition far superior to the majority of those found of this early type with no repairs or repainting observed………….US$ 3,200

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Interesting “ folk art” -style black rag doll with black cloth covered body with arms and legs sewn on at shoulder and hips to the remainder of the cloth body, 16” ( 41cm ) tall with neck sewn to the torso and having tight black caracul ringlet sewn on hair, stitched eyebrows and mouth with separated lips creating a charming but very mischievously sly grin! The almond shaped eyes appear to be white bone or buttons with black painted pupils to add reality and dimension. The one piece cotton print dress with bead buttons has been sewn around the doll either by the original maker or the young owner. Truly a labor of love by the mother, relative, caretaker of a young girl who without the efforts of the maker may have not been in a position to purchase a fancy “ store-bought French doll “ but ended up cherishing her just as much!………………………………………….US$ 295. 

 

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