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 [...]
Category: Useful Cybis Topics
The Flower Bouquet of the United States: One, or Two?
One of the early posts in the Archive (#26) spotlighted the Flower Bouquet of the United States that was created by Cybis for the 1964 World’s Fair held in New York. This new post expands upon and replaces that one, because of a significant amount of new information recently discovered. The Creation of the Flower [...]
The ‘How’ and ‘Why’ of Cybis Market Values
January 2023 update: If you are looking for actual numbers to determine the current market value of a limited-edition Cybis, the new Recent Selling Prices page will be more helpful to you. However, if you are trying to determine the value of a non-limited piece, or want to understand why all current market values of [...]
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 [...]
Old Cybis Signatures on New Pieces, New Signatures on Old Pieces, and A Cybis Sticker Discovered
The recent liquidation of the Cybis studio’s holdings has resulted in some important updates on the ‘identification’ front: One wholly unexpected, one positively perplexing, and another somewhat misleading. A Cybis Gummed Sticker It was common practice for the Cordey items to have a gummed sticker affixed before they went out the studio door; enough lamps [...]
List of All Known Cybis Porcelain Design Numbers
The design number that was assigned to each Cybis porcelain is one of those tiny nuggets of information that once served a useful purpose but is now of value only to research geeks like myself (and possibly others.) Originally, it indicated the genre to which the sculpture belonged and also no doubt simplified the bookkeeping [...]
Will the Real Cybis Madonna Queen of Angels Please Stand Up?
No, I’m really not pairing the chorus of Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady with a Cybis sculpture... even though there certainly were sufficient iterations to warrant it! Although the studio was never shy about borrowing pieces from one sculpture to help create another (see Body Snatching), this particular madonna bust not only kept popping up [...]
Seeking Cypia in 1950s Cybis
Cybis pieces produced during the 1950s are noticeably different from the post-1960 sculptures in several ways. One is that almost all of them were cast from commercially available molds, a topic more fully explored in When Is a Cybis Not a Cybis. Another is that a fair percentage of 1950s items were fully glazed, rather [...]