Cybis ‘Crowning Glories’

Cybis ‘Crowning Glories’

Now that we’ve finished butterfly-catching, why not do some ‘crown-collecting’? Cybis used a crown in 41 different sculptures, plus one honorable-mention piece – but, somewhat surprisingly, only 16 of those items were depictions of royal persons. We can divide the crowned Cybis sculptures into five general categories: male royalty, female royalty (more or less), ballet [...]

Cybis Butterflies, All Aflutter

Cybis Butterflies, All Aflutter

Unlike several other porcelain studios, such as Boehm and Connoisseur, Cybis never made a butterfly the subject of any of their sculptures. That doesn’t mean that they weren’t fluttering about in some of the Cybis designs, however. The studio utilized two particular butterfly molds, plus four others that were used only once; and there are [...]

A Cybis on Your Cake? (the Wilton mystery)

A Cybis on Your Cake? (the Wilton mystery)

One of the most bizarre instances of ‘Cybis-design appropriation’ – and there are quite a few of them shown in the Hall of Shame, by the way – recently came to light unexpectedly. One would typically expect a deliberate Cybis knockoff to have been the product of some fly-by-night (or at least, offshore) company looking [...]

Cybis Porcelain Jewelry

Cybis Porcelain Jewelry

Until recently, if someone had asked me whether Cybis ever produced any porcelain jewelry, I would have answered in the negative. None of their price lists or other publications included any such items, and none appeared on their web site. Several years ago I did come across two small stickpins that were described as “an [...]

Cybis Pairs, Companions, Series and Sets

Cybis Pairs, Companions, Series and Sets

Although the vast majority of Cybis porcelains were sold as individual sculptures, the studio did sometimes market certain pieces as having a specific relationship to another. However, the instances of them selling two items as an actual pair were relatively few. The various ‘related’ sculptures are best described as pairs, companions, series and sets. First, [...]

Ethnic Diversity in Cybis Porcelain Sculptures

Ethnic Diversity in Cybis Porcelain Sculptures

The modern-day (1960 forward) Cybis Studio produced several hundred human studies – bust, torso, or full figure – for retail sale. Approximately 25% of those figures were intended to represent specific personages from either literature or history: e.g., Scarlett from Gone With the Wind, Aphrodite from Greek mythology, Abigail Adams, Cleopatra, Hamlet from Shakespeare, and [...]