Sleuthing the ‘New Jersey Collection’ by Cybis

Sleuthing the ‘New Jersey Collection’ by Cybis

The convoluted subject of the various Cybis porcelain ‘collections’ will be addressed in a future post, but a particular one recently aroused my detective instincts. The 'New Jersey Collection' first appears on Cybis price lists during the early 1990s. Clearly these pieces were intended to appeal to a local/regional customer base. I have found no [...]

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 [...]

Cybis 1970s Print Reproductions of 1930s Polish Historical Dress Drawings

Cybis 1970s Print Reproductions of 1930s Polish Historical Dress Drawings

The Cybis studio created two very different sets of lithographs (reproductions) of drawings originally done in the 1930s by Boleslaw Cybis. One set is the well known Folio One set of Native American portraits; that set is illustrated and documented in the studio's catalogs published during the 1970s. The other set is far less known [...]

The Cybis Angelic Orchestra

The Cybis Angelic Orchestra

Among the unusual 1940s 'papka' composition figures by Cybis is a charming group of six angels, each playing an instrument, called the Angelic Orchestra.  They were listed, but not pictured, in the 1971 museum exhibit catalog Cybis in Retrospect. Each angel is approximately 14" high and dates from the very early 1940s. Judging by the [...]

Cybis Porcelain Gifts of State

Cybis Porcelain Gifts of State

During the 'golden age' of the Cybis studio's production (1960s and 1970s) their pieces were regularly chosen to be official Gifts of State from our country to foreign dignitaries. Presidents Nixon and Ford were particularly fond of doing so, in fact, but in reality that process doesn't begin in the Oval Office. So where does [...]