In Memoriam: Ira Jacobson, 1927-2021

In Memoriam: Ira Jacobson, 1927-2021

Although my other profiles in this Archive focus only on people who worked at or for Cybis, I must now, with great sadness, recognize the passing of someone who was instrumental in forging that studio’s success: Ira Jacobson, owner of Brielle Galleries. In many ways, he was an important driving force that helped Cybis to [...]

Cordey Lookalikes: Heirlooms of Tomorrow

Cordey Lookalikes: Heirlooms of Tomorrow

As mentioned in my recent post about Chantilly China, the Cordey China Company had yet another lookalike product in the 1940s home décor market. Unlike Chantilly, this other company – Heirlooms of Tomorrow – was based not in Trenton, but on the west coast. The brand ‘Heirlooms of Tomorrow’ was launched in 1944 in Manhattan [...]

One Cybis Goldfinch, Three Decorative Variations

One Cybis Goldfinch, Three Decorative Variations

The word ‘variation’, as it applied to Cybis porcelains, could have any of several meanings. It could refer to a single sculpture that was subsequently released, with additional decorative elements, as a new piece with a different name; the ‘warren’ of bunnies is a great example of that.  The 1981 bunny Bon-Bon was especially prolific [...]

Cordey Figures and Smalls: A Retail History in Vintage Ads

Cordey Figures and Smalls: A Retail History in Vintage Ads

This companion article to my Cordey Lamps in Vintage Ads post will look at their human figures and home décor objects. I’ve combined the two genres because most retailer ads contained both; ads showing Cordey lamps usually showed only those. Retailer ads for Cordey items first appeared within a year of the company’s 1942 incorporation. [...]

Cybis Porcelain ‘Men in Hats’

Cybis Porcelain ‘Men in Hats’

This is a companion (or ‘brother’?) post to my 2018 Cybis Bonnet Girls. While compiling this I was surprised to discover that there were almost three times as many males wearing headgear (30) as females (11)! And that is without including any crowned Cybis figures or any of the North American Indians (because I feel [...]