Learn about Lenci

Lenci was founded in 1919 in Turin, Italy by Enrico Scavini, a business agent and his wife, Elena König.

The name ‘Lenci’ was an acronym for Ludus est nobis constanter industria [Play is our constant work].

The couple's first daughter had unexpectedly suddenly died during a Spanish influenza epidemic, and as reaction to the loss, Elena König had started to create rag dolls, imagining that they could be toys for her lost child.

Distributed firstly only among the friends of the family, Elena König’s rag dolls soon achieved popularity with the wider public who appreciated them for their simplicity and creative and meticulous workmanship.

Their success was assisted by participation and awards from a number of prestigious trade fairs, including the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts held in Monza in 1923, the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris in 1925 and the International Exhibition in Turin in 1928.

As the business grew, production encompassed wooden toys, cloth dolls, and furnishings for children's rooms and accessories for women. more...
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Lenci wall mask, in the form of scarfed women with halo, the scarf decorated with floral motifs in tones of pink, green, yellow and blue, factory marks verso, height 25.5 cm

The Little Lawyer figurine, signed underneath 'Lenci Made in Italy R. F.'

A signed Lenci polychrome earthenware wall mask, circa 1930s, model 686, 'Testa', in naturalistic tones, the face of a woman of contemporary beauty in a blue floral headscarf; with mark of Lenci, made in Italy and monogram underside, also with inscribed si

A Lenci pottery figure of a kneeling girl with dog, c.1925, she is modelled nude, wearing a black and white checked beret, a book in one hand and a small dog lying by her side. Height 23.3 cm, painted 'Lenci Made in Torino Italy '. Designed by Elena Konig

Lenci bust of a Renaissance woman of 1938. remnants or original sticker to base. Fine hairline or firing crack to back. Earthenware. Height 33 cm

C.I.A. Torino figure by Lenci. 'Sayona,' model N763, signed to base. Small glaze chip to one toe. Height 35 cm