The Italian doll maker Fiori was able to closely match the 'surprised eye' look and quality of workmanship of Lenci, so their felt dolls are often mistaken for Lenci creations. The petite measurements of these two ca 1930's dolls in regional costumes would place them in the "Mascotte" (mascot) size range.
Boy is 8 inches tall, but seems a little taller because of his big, floppy felt hat with tassel. He has 'hair' under the hat made of dark brown cut felt. The rest of his costume consists of a white cloth shirt with felt bow tie, felt jacket with black felt buttons, long shorts with red felt buttons and a wide sash belt. He also wears tall knit stockings and black felt shoes. On the bottom of one shoe is a fractured and faded label that appears to say "Made in Italy". His white linen shirt and socks have some brownish age spots, so not as pure white as they used to be, but felt of clothes and body has no damage and overall he is in wonderful condition and very cute. Does not appear to have ever been played with or undressed. The shiny painted enamel of his 'surprised' eyes is so well done they almost look like they are made of glass. Head is stationary, arms and legs move.
Girl is 8 inches tall. Her 'surprised' eyes are also enameled but have the look of glass. She has black hair styled in tight coiled braids on either side of her head that peek out from under a felt 'scarf' knotted in the back. Costume consists of a cream colored cloth blouse with red thread trim under a black felt vest closed with red thread, a black and red felt skirt over cloth panties, patterned knit knee socks and black felt shoes. Over the skirt is an organdy apron trimmed in red and tied at the back. Looking her over with a loupe I noticed a slight area of separation where the ruffle of her apron is seamed to its center section (near the waistband) but this age related flaw isn't obvious. The red color of the skirt and scarf have probably faded a bit over the years. I think they were probably closer to the red color of the thread trim on her blouse and apron when first made, but I didn't find any moth chews on doll or clothes and she still looks very pert and saucy. Head is stationary, arms and legs move.
This pair of dolls were in a collection that had been in storage since 1999 before I purchased it. Their previous owner had collected dolls since childhood.
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Pair 'Surprised Eyes' Fiori Felt Mascotte Size Dolls in Regional Italian Costumes
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