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Extremely Rare Italian Felt Character Doll, "Josephine Baker" by Lenci 7000/10,000

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  Lot #113  (Sale Order: 113 of 303)  
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18" (46 cm.) Light-brown wool felt is elaborately constructed with various darts and seams, having plump felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features, brown side-glancing eyes with white eyedots, curly lashes, button-shaped nose with accent dots, very full red felt stitched-on lips, black mohair wig with spit curl on forehead, stitched-on ears with spiral bangle earrings, uniquely-constructed body in provocative pose, sculpted bosom, left arm with bent elbow, knees slightly bent. Condition: near mint condition. Comments: Lenci, circa 1925, the doll was shown as model #554 in their 1925 catalog, named simply "Josephine", and is one of the very few Lenci dolls to actually bear a celebrity name. The doll represents Josephine Baker, the American-born Parisian dancer, in her most famous costume, "Danse Banane" from her 1925 performance at the Parisian Folies Bergere. Value Points: pristine condition of the extremely rare Lenci model, with original felt banana and leaf skirt of yellow and green felt, with spiral bangle necklace, earrings, and arm and leg bracelets.

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Extremely Rare Italian Felt Character Doll, "Josephine Baker" by Lenci 7000/10,000
Extremely Rare Italian Felt Character Doll, "Josephine Baker" by Lenci 7000/10,000
Lot number: 113
Seller: Theriault's
Event: Many Wonderful Things
Ends: Saturday, November 19 | 11:00 AM  Eastern

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