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 [...]

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 [...]

Sports Studies by Cybis

Sports Studies by Cybis

A sports theme probably isn't the first that comes to mind when thinking about Cybis porcelains but in fact they did produce more than a dozen pieces in that genre. Two of them were special commissions but the others were available at retail. Some were human figures and others were animals; however, only one of [...]