Double Trouble: Dual-Signature Cordey/Cybis Porcelains

Despite the pieces having been produced in the same studio, it’s usually easy to distinguish Cordey and Cybis from each other by sight; their styles were very different. Most Cordey items were Old World/European/Dresden in flavor, while the first-decade Cybis retail pieces were either religious (most) or animals and birds (some.) They were also marked [...]

Base Behavior at Cybis

Base Behavior at Cybis

Fear not: This is neither a juicy scandal nor a moralistic lecture. It’s an overview of all the Cybis retail sculptures ever produced on or with a base, and there’s a more interesting variety of them than one would think. All Cybis bases fall into one of two categories: either physically attached to the sculpture [...]

Identifying Unsigned 1950s Cybis Porcelains

Identifying Unsigned 1950s Cybis Porcelains

The first decade of the Cybis porcelain 'brand' existence was a bit of a Wild West show, to say the least. Unlike subsequent decades which came under Marylin Chorlton's ownership, most of the 1950s pieces are both a blessing and a curse to collectors. A curse because almost all of them were cast from commercially [...]

More Cybis Q and A (sort of)

As a lighthearted (read: not to be taken seriously) followup to my recent Twenty Questions About Cybis post, here are some questions posed by a creative friend/Archive reader/collector in a humorous vein, and my responses likewise. Why was Aunt Pauline so foolish as to have ever paid so much for these things in the first place, [...]

Twenty Questions (and Answers) About Cybis

Twenty Questions (and Answers) About Cybis

Let's play Twenty Questions (plus one extra for good luck) with a potpourri of Q and A about Cybis porcelains. 🙂 (Where a sculpture is mentioned in the answer, it is linked to the page where a photo of it appears.) How do you pronounce CYBIS? It is pronounced see-biss. There is a software company [...]