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 [...]

Calling All Birders: Identify This 1950s Cybis Pair of Birds?

Calling All Birders: Identify This 1950s Cybis Pair of Birds?

During the 1950s, the Cybis studio often used the same bird mold(s) for several different sculpture issues and relied on the painting to ‘identify’ the species intended. Because they never put the name of any piece on the sculpture itself, and a 1950s price list has never been found, this sometimes creates a “fun” game [...]

‘The Phoenix’ – An Unusual Cybis Bird Head

‘The Phoenix’ – An Unusual Cybis Bird Head

Every now and then something utterly unexpected from the Cybis studio comes to light, such as the discovery of a very unusual limited edition that was available for a relatively short time. (Some of this content originally appeared as a previous Archive post that described this sculpture as a gallery-exclusive special-event piece. However, official Cybis [...]

Quacking Up Over Cybis Ducks

Quacking Up Over Cybis Ducks

It was rather a surprise when I recently realized that between the Cybis and Cordey studio operations, they produced 15 ducks in various designs and iterations from the early 1950s until the end of the 1980s. I honestly hadn’t thought that ducks were that big of a deal at Cybis, but they actually outnumber the [...]

1940s Cybis Porcelain, Part 1: Papka and Early Porcelain Designs

1940s Cybis Porcelain, Part 1: Papka and Early Porcelain Designs

The Cybis porcelain studio produced five remarkably different style genres during the first 30 years of its existence. Three of them belonged to the same decade (1940s) which was also the studio's first. These genres can be loosly grouped as follows: Papka and early porcelain; Cordey/Cybis retail; spatterware reproductions; atypical early 1960s; and post-1950 retail [...]