Cordey Lookalikes: the Chantilly China Company

Cordey Lookalikes: the Chantilly China Company

Never let it be said that Cybis vs. Boehm was the only cross-town porcelain rivalry in Trenton: Before that, there was Cordey vs. Chantilly! There were actually two Cordey lookalike/wannabe companies operating during the 1940s and 1950s, but Chantilly was the one who shared Cordey’s turf. Chantilly’s legal history has been frustratingly hard to trace, [...]

Cybis ‘Two-Fers’ and ‘Trios’ (Multiple Subjects on a Single Sculpture)

Cybis ‘Two-Fers’ and ‘Trios’ (Multiple Subjects on a Single Sculpture)

Having previously looked at the pairs, companions, and sets that the Cybis porcelain studio produced, it’s also interesting to see what I call their ‘two-fer’ and ‘trio’ pieces. These are sculptures that have more than one subject, both (or all) being of equal design weight/importance. There was also one sculpture that was composed of four [...]

White Bisque Versions of Cybis Porcelain Sculptures

White Bisque Versions of Cybis Porcelain Sculptures

An interesting characteristic of quite a few Cybis porcelains, especially those that were introduced during the 1950s and 1960s, was the option to purchase them either as white bisque or ‘color’, meaning hand-painted bisque. Before taking a look at how the white versions compared to their decorated counterparts, I should explain that “white bisque” means [...]

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 [...]

Cybis at the 1964 World’s Fair

Cybis at the 1964 World’s Fair

The 1964 World’s Fair, held at Flushing Meadow Park in Queens County, NY, coincided with the first several years of the ‘golden age’ of the Cybis porcelain studio. It was also the first large-scale opportunity for Cybis to be seen by many people who would have otherwise been unaware of the studio’s existence. The Fair [...]

Boleslaw Cybis Paintings, Part Two

Boleslaw Cybis Paintings, Part Two

A number of original paintings have come to light after I wrote my Paintings, Part One post, so it makes sense to review these new finds here. All of them appeared as auction lot offerings at DESA Unicum, Warsaw, in 2020 and/or 2021; the photographs, titles and dimensions cited are from those listings. Some items [...]