The Rest of the Cybis Menagerie

The Rest of the Cybis Menagerie

After sorting through all of the various Cybis porcelain animals by genre (cats, dogs, bulls and bears, horses, woodlanders, denizens of the deep, carousel creatures, et al.) there were still a few that refused to fit into a category….and so here they are. One of the most impressive Cybis sculptures was the Dall Sheep. A [...]

A Cybis Concert: Music and Opera Porcelain Sculptures

A Cybis Concert: Music and Opera Porcelain Sculptures

Euterpe, the Greek muse of song and music, certainly inspired the artists of Cybis at various times during the past decades (her compatriot Terpsichore is reflected in their ballet sculptures.) Their first two such studies both appeared in 1967 but reflect very different musical genres. This evocative study of Arturo Toscanini’s hands was originally titled [...]

Cybis Bird Sculptures after 1960

Cybis Bird Sculptures after 1960

Almost none of the Cybis birds produced after 1960 resembled the early birds of the 1950s in style, and all of them were created in bisque (matte) porcelain. The sculptures below are sorted by decade according to their introduction year. The Cybis Owls shows those birds in more detail than is mentioned here, and the [...]

Going To the Dogs: Canines by Cybis

Going To the Dogs: Canines by Cybis

The Cybis studio produced relatively few dog and cat studies – less than a dozen of each during the studio’s entire history. I have never seen a Cordey-imprint dog, although there were three different cats made. Most of the canine sculptures were introduced in the 1980s or later and all are open (non-limited) editions. The [...]

The Cybis Carousel Animals

The Cybis Carousel Animals

In addition to their carousel horses Cybis also created a menagerie of other carousel animals in porcelain. There were two very different series: the full-size collection spanning the mid-1970s through the early 2000s, and the small Carousel II series introduced in the late 1980s. Unlike the Hall of Fame editions, however, the second series was [...]

The Second Cybis Nativity Set (1980s) ‘The First Christmas’

The Second Cybis Nativity Set (1980s) ‘The First Christmas’

After the retirement of their first nativity set, the Cybis studio did not offer anything in this genre until the 1982 introduction of a new series called The First Christmas. These are entirely different sculptures than the circa-1950s Porcelain Murals. Unlike the original (first) series, these new figures are individual sculptures and have a bisque [...]

Cybis Goes to the Circus

Cybis Goes to the Circus

The circus theme was a popular one for Cybis porcelain; it was represented continuously in both human and animal studies ever since the first two in that genre were introduced in 1975. Only four of the circus sculptures were limited editions. Barnaby, an open edition introduced in 1975, was originally named Barnaby the Bicentennial Circus [...]

All at Sea with Cybis

All at Sea with Cybis

Although Cybis never created any sort of “maritime collection”, a selection of their sculptures do fit into a seagoing theme – so, why not? The very first sea-based Cybis is also the only piece they ever made that specifically depicts a fish (although three other pieces do include a fish as a decorative element.) This [...]