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 [...]

Cybis Retailer-Event and Private-Commission Sculptures

Cybis Retailer-Event and Private-Commission Sculptures

Back in the heyday of art porcelain collecting, most purchasers belonged to one or more of three general categories: (a) They bought whatever sculptures they liked, budget permitting; (b) they focused mainly on certain genres, which the Cybis studio termed ‘Collections’ – more about those in a future post; and/or (c) they made their purchase [...]