Cybis Greeting Cards

Cybis Greeting Cards

In addition to the various catalogs, brochures, and price lists that made up the bulk of the Cybis studio’s advertising materials, there were also promotional items that weren’t readily available to the general public. One example is the Cybis-logo pin/pendant made by Terryberry and shown in the Cybis Jewelry post. Such items were created for [...]

The Cybis Pegasus Colt ‘Free Spirit’ (and Why There are Two Versions)

The Cybis Pegasus Colt ‘Free Spirit’ (and Why There are Two Versions)

The Cybis porcelain studio produced three different representations of the iconic mythical flying horse. The Pegasus Colt ‘Free Spirit’, designed by Susan Eaton, is 9" tall and appeared in 1980 as a limited edition of 1000 for $675.   Within that declared edition there are 52 that have a slight difference in their decoration, which [...]

The Curious Chronology of the Cybis Award Bowl

The Curious Chronology of the Cybis Award Bowl

One of the Cybis studio’s ‘new’ retail introductions during the 1990s was a decorative piece that was ultimately titled Cupid Bowl, Original Famous Cybis Award. However, I recently discovered that its first appearance – like many of their 1990s-2000s offerings – took place decades earlier. It has been very interesting to dissect the chronology of [...]

Cybis Porcelain ‘Men in Hats’

Cybis Porcelain ‘Men in Hats’

This is a companion (or ‘brother’?) post to my 2018 Cybis Bonnet Girls. While compiling this I was surprised to discover that there were almost three times as many males wearing headgear (30) as females (11)! And that is without including any crowned Cybis figures or any of the North American Indians (because I feel [...]

Cybis Retailer-Event and Private-Commission Sculptures

Cybis Retailer-Event and Private-Commission Sculptures

Back in the heyday of art porcelain collecting, most purchasers belonged to one or more of three general categories: (a) They bought whatever sculptures they liked, budget permitting; (b) they focused mainly on certain genres, which the Cybis studio termed ‘Collections’ – more about those in a future post; and/or (c) they made their purchase [...]

Cybis ‘Two-Fers’ and ‘Trios’ (Multiple Subjects on a Single Sculpture)

Cybis ‘Two-Fers’ and ‘Trios’ (Multiple Subjects on a Single Sculpture)

Having previously looked at the pairs, companions, and sets that the Cybis porcelain studio produced, it’s also interesting to see what I call their ‘two-fer’ and ‘trio’ pieces. These are sculptures that have more than one subject, both (or all) being of equal design weight/importance. There was also one sculpture that was composed of four [...]

White Bisque Versions of Cybis Porcelain Sculptures

White Bisque Versions of Cybis Porcelain Sculptures

An interesting characteristic of quite a few Cybis porcelains, especially those that were introduced during the 1950s and 1960s, was the option to purchase them either as white bisque or ‘color’, meaning hand-painted bisque. Before taking a look at how the white versions compared to their decorated counterparts, I should explain that “white bisque” means [...]