Cybis Early Birds (1940s through 1960)

Cybis Early Birds (1940s through 1960)

The Cybis studio has a long history of bird studies, with a few dating as far back as the 1940s; those are recognizably different from those produced during the 1950s and beyond. The Cybis birds produced during the 1950s show a gradually evolving style mix which coalesced into a permanent and definitive look beginning in [...]

Cybis Madonna Sculptures from the 1950s

Cybis Madonna Sculptures from the 1950s

Update: In order to keep this page to a manageable size, it now contains only the full-figure madonna pieces made by Cybis during the 1950s. The busts and torsos depicting a madonna have been spun off into their own separate post. If you are trying to identify a Cybis madonna that has a glazed finish [...]

When is a Cybis Not a Cybis?

When is a Cybis Not a Cybis?

Recently I decided to investigate why certain Cybis porcelain sculptures seemingly appear so often as knockoffs/copies. The answer involves the Cybis studio, another Trenton company, and of course the question of copyright. Polish immigrant Boleslaw Cybis operated his studio – first as the Cordey China Company and ultimately as Cybis – beginning in the early [...]