An Intriguing 1940s Cybis Beauty

An Intriguing 1940s Cybis Beauty

One of the most enjoyable things about creating the Cybis Archive has been hearing from readers who have questions about Cybis or information to share. This is particularly true in regard to the 1940s and 1950s pieces, many of which were either never documented by Cybis or their original information has been lost. An especially [...]

Three Mystery 1960s Cybis Sculptures

Three Mystery 1960s Cybis Sculptures

One of the aims of this web site is to eventually catalogue all of the Cybis studio’s designs – a rather daunting prospect when one considers that very few records were kept during their first decade. After Marylin Chorlton took over the studio at the end of the 1950s, things became more organized but their [...]

Two 1940s Papka Fairies by Marja Cybis

Two 1940s Papka Fairies by Marja Cybis

Recently an Archive reader sent me photos of two charming little papka figures made by Marja Cybis in the early 1940s (1940-1942) while the studio was in the Steinway Mansion.  Although best recognized for her papka angels – such as the Angelic Orchestra – these figures are in her whimsy/folk-art style.   My first reaction [...]

The Cybis ‘Bonnet Girls’

The Cybis ‘Bonnet Girls’

Despite many of us being engaged in digging out from the latest snowstorm, Spring actually has arrived in some places which may bring to mind (for those old enough to remember it!) the classic Irving Berlin song "Easter Parade" popularized by the 1948 movie of the same name: In your Easter bonnet, with all the [...]

The Cybis Blair House Indians

The Cybis Blair House Indians

For the past several months I've been 'digging' into an unusual story, trying to separate fact from fiction. This particular investigative endeavor involves a set of Cybis' North American Indians sculptures. The story begins in the early 1970s, most likely 1972 or 1973. Several newspaper articles about the Cybis studio mentioned that a set of [...]

An Unusual (Sort Of) Cybis Bearded Man Bust circa 1940s

An Unusual (Sort Of) Cybis Bearded Man Bust circa 1940s

The coexistence of the Cordey and Cybis studio lines during the 1940s occasionally resulted in some interesting 'crossover' pieces, particularly those that apparantly never made it into retail production. One such piece is a bust of this bearded elderly man, perhaps a sage, signed MC indicating it was by Marja (a/k/a Maria) Cybis, wife of [...]