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 [...]

A Fresh Look for the Cybis Archive

As you can see, the Cybis Archive has a 'new look' as of today - cleaner, fresher, and hopefully more readable and user-friendly. None of the functionality of the original layout has been lost; the biggest change is that whereas the most recent post was displayed in its entirety on the home page (followed by [...]

Cybis Porcelain ‘Artist’s Proofs’: Are They Always What They Seem?

Cybis Porcelain ‘Artist’s Proofs’: Are They Always What They Seem?

Sometimes you will see a piece of Cybis porcelain with the letters AP or A.P. near the Cybis signature; those initials stand for ‘artist’s proof.’ This term has long been used in the printmaking industry. It originally meant the first (proofing) run of an edition of prints, which the artist/painter would review and make any changes [...]

Should You Insure Your Cybis?

Should You Insure Your Cybis?

Occasionally I am asked whether a collection, or a particular example, of Cybis porcelain should be insured. Two decades ago, my answer would have been “yes”; nowadays, it is an equivocal “it depends...” Let’s take a look at the available options using a limited-edition example: the Eagle Dancer. It retailed for $4000 in 1984, and [...]

Mystery XXX Marks on Cybis Porcelains

Mystery XXX Marks on Cybis Porcelains

I love a good mystery as much as anybody, but this one is a real head-scratcher and I’m hoping that some Archive readers may be able to help solve it. It appears that some Cybis pieces were pencil-marked in an odd way and for an unknown purpose. The first question, of course, is whether the [...]