Another Cybis Nativity Series in the 1950s?

Another Cybis Nativity Series in the 1950s?

Isn’t it odd how one mystery can lead to another, entirely different, one? Such was the case with a puzzling single piece of Cybis that surfaced some months ago.  It was among a private collection being liquidated by the family of an enthusiastic collector who also knew the studio owners personally from the 1950s onward. [...]

Cybis ‘First Flight’, Times Four (and a half)

Cybis ‘First Flight’, Times Four (and a half)

One of the fascinating aspects of chronicling Cybis Porcelain sculptures is how often a piece that appears simple and straightforward can turn out to have a complicated ‘life story.’ Take, for example, the one known to most collectors as First Flight. There are four known versions of this design – if versions is indeed the [...]

‘Birth/Nativity at Lowicz’ Mother and Baby by Cybis

‘Birth/Nativity at Lowicz’ Mother and Baby by Cybis

Most Cybis collectors are familiar with the piece colloquially known as The Polish Bride, which was based on a 1937 oil painting by Boleslaw Cybis, but until recently I was unaware that the studio produced a second sculpture based on a different – but strikingly similar – painting. Unlike The Bride, whose origins and production [...]

Cybis ‘Magic Boy’: A Study in Changes and Differences

Cybis ‘Magic Boy’: A Study in Changes and Differences

A recent observation by a sharp-eyed Archive reader regarding the sculpture Cree Indian ‘Magic Boy’ and its two Cybis editions has blossomed into a fascinating in-depth examination of this particular piece’s production history. It turns out that this design has had a rather unique ‘life story’ in several respects! The first unusual thing about ‘Magic [...]

1940s Female Busts by Cybis – Variations on a Theme

1940s Female Busts by Cybis – Variations on a Theme

The liquidation of the Cybis studio’s backstock in 2019 brought to light a collection of female (lady head) busts made during the 1940s. These fell into two general categories: (a) papka and/or mixed media prototypes or one of a kind designs, and (b) busts that were cast from a basic head/neck mold and then variously [...]