The Cybis Rose Plaque: A Failed Experiment?

The Cybis Rose Plaque: A Failed Experiment?

Although widely known for their three-dimensional porcelain figures, the Cybis studio did also produce some porcelain plaques from time to time. With the exception of the early 1970s Limnettes by George Ivers, all of the other plaques were "dimensional" to some degree; i.e., they do not have a completely flat surface. Other than the Four [...]

Cybis 1970s Print Reproductions of 1930s Polish Historical Dress Drawings

Cybis 1970s Print Reproductions of 1930s Polish Historical Dress Drawings

The Cybis studio created two very different sets of lithographs (reproductions) of drawings originally done in the 1930s by Boleslaw Cybis. One set is the well known Folio One set of Native American portraits; that set is illustrated and documented in the studio's catalogs published during the 1970s. The other set is far less known [...]

Another Pair of Ornate Cybis Female-Handle Mugs

Another Pair of Ornate Cybis Female-Handle Mugs

The very unusual pair of Cybis lady-handle mugs discovered last year were by no means the only ones that were made, after all. While the previous pair were signed M.B. Cybis, this second pair is signed simply Cybis in the same blue paint. Many thanks to the Archive reader who contacted me with photos of [...]

1940s Cybis, Part 3: Spatterware and Historical Reproductions

1940s Cybis, Part 3: Spatterware and Historical Reproductions

The third category of 1940s Cybis items, and possibly the smallest in terms of actual production, is their reproductions of 19th-century tableware. Produced for only about five years (ca. 1948-1953) these were quite different from anything else produced under either the Cybis or Cordey branding. They can be generally divided into three groups: lusterware, spatterware, [...]

The Cybis Comanche Chief Medallion

The Cybis Comanche Chief Medallion

The small white bisque medallion originally designed to accent the facing page of the Cybis Folio One collection of Native American lithographs was given several subsequent 'second lives' as a stand-alone porcelain edition. This medallion design is a rendition of the Comanche 'Indomitable Spirit' portrait drawing by Boleslaw Cybis. At the time of issue of [...]