A Papka-to-Porcelain Angel by Marja Cybis

A Papka-to-Porcelain Angel by Marja Cybis

When researching Cybis porcelain it is rarely possible to point to two different sculptures and definitively state “This became that” in its entirety (body-snatching doesn’t really qualify, although numerous instances of that practice have been found.) This is especially true when it comes to the earliest (1940s) pieces, many of which were either one of [...]

Two 1940s Papka Fairies by Marja Cybis

Two 1940s Papka Fairies by Marja Cybis

Recently an Archive reader sent me photos of two charming little papka figures made by Marja Cybis in the early 1940s (1940-1942) while the studio was in the Steinway Mansion.  Although best recognized for her papka angels – such as the Angelic Orchestra – these figures are in her whimsy/folk-art style.   My first reaction [...]

An Unusual (Sort Of) Cybis Bearded Man Bust circa 1940s

An Unusual (Sort Of) Cybis Bearded Man Bust circa 1940s

The coexistence of the Cordey and Cybis studio lines during the 1940s occasionally resulted in some interesting 'crossover' pieces, particularly those that apparantly never made it into retail production. One such piece is a bust of this bearded elderly man, perhaps a sage, signed MC indicating it was by Marja (a/k/a Maria) Cybis, wife of [...]

Angels by Cybis Porcelain

Angels by Cybis Porcelain

Angels and cherubs emerged from the Cybis studio ever since its earliest days in 1940s New York where Boleslaw and Marja Cybis created their “papka” frescoes and sculptures. The angels below are listed chronologically. None of them were limited editions. An intriguing group of six angels produced between 1940 and 1942 in “papka” composition was [...]