A rare Lenci felt long-limbed portrait doll of Spanish actress Raquel Meller
Italian, 1925, the pressed felt swivel head with a full round face, painted facial features, brown mohair wig with ringlets, side-glancing brown eyes, dots accenting nostrils, eye shadow and black eyeliner, brown painted eyebrows, long neck, slender torso, elongated arms and legs, feet posed for high heels; wearing a white organdy multi-layered ruffled dress with a garland of flowers down the front, yellow felt hat, holding a matching organdy parasol, black high heel shoes, original petticoats and pantalets.
This doll was shown in the 1925 Lenci catalogue as #263 (identified as the Spanish actress Raquel Meller), and was one of four Lenci models for which they actually used the name of a particular celebrity. The design of the face was done by Marcello Dudovich, an Italian painter, illustrator and poster designer. Meller was an international star in the 1920s and 1930s, appearing in several films and touring throughout Europe and America.