Cybis produced a variety of decorative porcelain eggs from the 1950s through the 1980s. All of them were non-limited editions.
The 1971 Cybis in Retrospect exhibit catalog mentions a 4” high Egg Box having been produced from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s but unfortunately does not include a photograph. According to the description it was done in a bisque decorated and a stained-glass decorated version.
The 1974 Cybis catalog contains a single-page text list of “verified” sculptures to date (no photos, sadly) and there are four entries that mention eggs: Small Egg with Flowers, Large Egg with Flowers, Easter Egg Box – Large, and Easter Egg Box – Small. There are no dates given for any of the sculptures in the list. It might be that one of the Easter Egg Box(es) is the same one mentioned in the 1971 exhibit catalog but there’s no way to tell whether it was the small or the large one — although at four inches high I’d guess it was probably the smaller. All of these were signed and so it’s possible that a photo of one may turn up online someday.
The Annual Eggs
In 1983 Cybis introduced their first Annual Decorative Egg at a retail price of $295 and announced that a different egg would be issued each spring, produced for that single year only. Shown at the far right in this photo, this egg depicts a spray of lily of the valley and is decorated in lavender with 24k gold accents. Scrolls, diamond shapes and polkadots decorate the sides and back. It is the smallest, at 5” high. When the Franklin Mint did their version of a Cybis egg as part of their “Decorative Eggs” series in the late 1980s, they used a very similar design. Unlike the Franklin Mint eggs which had separate goldtone bases, the Cybis eggs are affixed to their porcelain ‘pedestals’.
The 1984 Cybis egg (shown second from left) was a very different design. It incorporates a mesh pattern, vertical bands of red foliage, and a motif of violets on the base and at the apex. The initial retail price of this egg was $325.
Second from right in the photo, the egg for 1985 has a more classical look and I think actually has a bit of an autumnal feel with its yellow and peach tones. It has the least amount of 24k gold trim and in my opinion is the more attractive for it. This is the tallest of the eggs at 6.5” high.
What ultimately became the final egg in the series, with a design of blue forget-me-nots, was issued in 1986. Perhaps the collector response to the egg series was not as enthusiastic as the studio had hoped.
Unlike most Cybis which came in a generic Cybis-logo white corrugated cardboard box, the annual eggs were sold in the specially fitted satin-lined presentation box like this one.
Nevertheless, in later years the studio issued the Egg Embellished with Gold which is the 1985 annual egg in white bisque with 24k gold trim and no other colors. This is the only remaining egg on the Cybis website’s list of available sculptures, and has been priced at $395 ever since 2008.
As part of the special sculptures that were introduced in 1976 to commemorate the Bicentennial, Cybis created the Egg Vase with Eagle Lid. It was 5” high including the lid and like the other Bicentennnial sculptures had a production run during that single year only. Other patriotic themed Cybis offerings can be seen in Born in the USA.
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