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The 1933 design by Helen Konig Scavini (1886-1974) took its cue from the pages of Vogue magazine, dressing the subject in a modish black and orange dress and matching heels. She had restoration to her left foot, a crack across the bandbox and a tiny chip to the ear of the dog that sits at her feet.

As a general rule with Lenci Art Deco figures, the sexier the subject matter, the more commercial it will prove to be.

The sale was held on October 8.

Nudino Disteso, modelled as a reclining female nude resting on two pillows, took £5300 at the Decades of Design sale at Fieldings in Stourbridge on October 15-16.

Another Scavini design, this larger 18in (45cm) figure carried a full hand-painted signature dated for October 1936.

The figures for which Ars Lenci became celebrated were first shown at the Turin international exhibition in 1928. Among the large-scale models unveiled that year was Il Grattacielo (Skyscraper) by Abele Jacopi (1882-1957) – the model sold by Boldon Auction Galleries in October 2019 for £34,000. That set a new record for Lenci.