5 . Italian Felt Portrait Doll of Spanish Actress Raquel Meller by Lenci with Unique Facial Sculpture
28" (71 cm.) Felt head and torso with elegant slender shape and pose,glancing to the right with uptilted face,painted facial features,side-glancing blue eyes with glazed highlights,brown eyeliner and painted lashes,heavily-lidded eyes,feathered brows,aquiline nose,closed mouth with painted teeth,blonde mohair wig in long ringlet curls,slender torso with slightly-defined bosom,jointed felt arms,very long slender legs with defined bent knees and high-heel posed feet. Condition: generally excellent,few moth holes wear on fingers and shoes. Comments: Lenci,the doll wearing an identical green gown is shown in the 1930 Lenci catalog as #569; the distinctive hair style is suggestive of "America?s Sweetheart",the beloved Mary Pickford. Value Points: beautifully-preserved with lovely colors,and having rare painted teeth,the doll has original coiffure,and is wearing her original shaded-coral organdy gown with multi-tiered ruffles at the skirt and sleeves,with matching felt heeled shoes,silk floral decorations on gown,shoes and garters; a little white puppy sits on her shoulder.