London, South Kensington
17 May 2001
A rare Lenci Opium Smoker
with pressed yellow felt, painted features, closed eyes, puffed out cheeks, arched eye-brows, black wool hair pulled tight in long plait, jointed body and large stomach wearing yellow and black outfit with blue and orange trim holding wooden opium pipe --12¼in. (31cm.) high, circa 1925
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The opium smoker was Lenci's trademark for several years.
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