One Cybis Goldfinch, Three Decorative Variations

One Cybis Goldfinch, Three Decorative Variations

The word ‘variation’, as it applied to Cybis porcelains, could have any of several meanings. It could refer to a single sculpture that was subsequently released, with additional decorative elements, as a new piece with a different name; the ‘warren’ of bunnies is a great example of that.  The 1981 bunny Bon-Bon was especially prolific [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]