Cybis Porcelains by Introduction Year

Although most overviews of Cybis porcelains are arranged by sculpture type (genre and/or edition) it can also be interesting to look at them from a production standpoint: i.e., what the studio introduced for retail and when. The list below aims to do just that, arranged by retail introduction year and broken down into limited and [...]

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 [...]

The End of the Cybis Studio…and How it Got There

The End of the Cybis Studio…and How it Got There

The Cybis studio officially closed its doors on Norman Avenue in Trenton in late 2019, approximately fifty years after first occupying that custom-built structure. However, there had been no actual production activity for at least the preceding decade; the last new-design introduction had been a single piece, the Carousel Reindeer, in late 2008.  The property [...]

1940s Female Busts by Cybis – Variations on a Theme

1940s Female Busts by Cybis – Variations on a Theme

The liquidation of the Cybis studio’s backstock in 2019 brought to light a collection of female (lady head) busts made during the 1940s. These fell into two general categories: (a) papka and/or mixed media prototypes or one of a kind designs, and (b) busts that were cast from a basic head/neck mold and then variously [...]

A Papka-to-Porcelain Angel by Marja Cybis

A Papka-to-Porcelain Angel by Marja Cybis

When researching Cybis porcelain it is rarely possible to point to two different sculptures and definitively state “This became that” in its entirety (body-snatching doesn’t really qualify, although numerous instances of that practice have been found.) This is especially true when it comes to the earliest (1940s) pieces, many of which were either one of [...]

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 [...]