Archive Site Update

This is a brief 'status' update regarding new Archive postings. Because of some medical issues that have increasingly diminished my ability to look at electronic screens, I will not be adding new posts to the Archive for the next few months. Upcoming surgeries and other medical interventions should result in an improvement in early to [...]

Cybis Porcelain Tableware

Cybis Porcelain Tableware

Tableware (plates, bowls, cups, etc.) isn’t the type of product one normally associates with Cybis, but during the 1940s – and, to a much lesser extent, the 1980s – there were more such items than you’d probably expect.  Let’s take a look at the known Cybis tableware items by genre. Plates In this case, ‘plates’ [...]

An Unexpected Early Cybis ‘Couple’

An Unexpected Early Cybis ‘Couple’

Because there are relatively few surviving records of the first decade of Cybis porcelain retail items, it’s always exciting when something comes to light that was never mentioned in any of their publications. Invariably, the circa-1950s human figures turn out to be religious subjects: a madonna, a saint, or a Jesus figure.  So, when an [...]

Cybis Porcelains in Public Collections

The Cybis studio published three lists that were titled ‘Cybis Porcelains Are in the Following Collections’. The first one appeared on the final page of the 1970 Cybis catalog and contains 24 names of museums and art centers; there are no governmental/state recipients listed, even though several Cybis pieces were presented to foreign leaders as [...]

Unusual Cordey Lamps

Unusual Cordey Lamps

Although there are several Archive posts showcasing some unusual or odd Cordey figurines, I decided that a similar post about Cordey lamps would be an interesting companion. A few of them still have their original lampshades, just as they were sold during the 1940s or 1950s. We’ll start this overview with a bang, and a [...]