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 [...]

Stylized ‘Helmet Heads’ – by Cybis??

Stylized ‘Helmet Heads’ – by Cybis??

The recent liquidation of the Cybis Studio’s holdings has turned up quite a few surprises but perhaps none so much as a small group of stylized pieces that simply don’t fall into any category previously known. For lack of any better appellation, I’m going to call them the Helmet Heads. This wasn’t actually the first [...]