Inveterate Cybis collectors may also be interested in the different display signs that the studio made available to their retail dealer network between the 1960s and early 1990s. Because the studio did not use an intermediary (distributor) all interaction took place directly between the retail store owner and the studio administration… at least that was the case during the decades during which there was a studio/dealer relationship.
All the Cybis dealer signs were designed by Vincent Ceglia, a noted artist, graphic designer and illustrator. Although Mr. Ceglia did not work at Cybis, he designed the dealer signs as well as a number of Cybis print catalogs and advertising materials during the 1970s.
This first circa-1960s display sign is a porcelain representation of the Cybis signature applied to a wood block shaped as an isoceles triangle. The wood appears to be mahogany in either a lighter or darker stain. It is 4” high and 2” deep.
This 1970s sign marks the transition by Cybis to all-porcelain dealer/display signs. Featuring their horizontal phoenix logo, it stands about 3.25” high, 4” wide, and 2.25” deep.
When Cybis revised its phoenix logo in 1980 they also introduced a display sign to match. It is impressed 1980 in the mold. Dimensions are approximately 4” high, 3.25” wide, and 2″ thick.
Their next dealer sign (probably from the mid or late 1980s) used the “older” horizontal phoenix logo. Perhaps this was the design that came in second to the rectangular version back in the 1970s. The curvy freeform shape came in two sizes and was made in three color versions and two sizes (4″ high and 2.5″ high.) The white bisque colorway is shown above.
The gold edge trim on the white with gold decoration sign is matte, while that used on the phoenix and Cybis name is glossy. It is 4″ high, about 4.5″ wide, and 1.75″ deep. This sign was probably introduced in either 1989 (to match the gold-decorated sculptures that were being marketed in connection with the Golden Anniversary Year) or the launch of the Collectors Society in 1995. The back of this sign reads: Cybis Porcelain Studio established in 1940 by renowned artist Boleslaw Cybis continues to maintain its traditional artistry in Trenton NJ USA (I think it would have sounded better if “The” had been the first word, but that’s just me being picky!)
This third colorway is decorated entirely in matte finish gold rather than the mix of matte and glossy shown above.
Cybis also made this sign in a “mini” version as well, although it’s not known whether it also came in a gold-decorated version. This downsized/mini sign is only about 2.5″ high and the back says just Trenton N.J. due to lack of space. It is shown next to the standard size version for comparison.
The usage years of this last sign are unknown but it may have coexisted with the others during the late 1980s or very early 1990s. It is made of a single piece of white plastic molded into an L shape that ‘sits upon’ the short end. The Cybis logo and “Trenton, New Jersey” are screenprinted onto the front in gold; the rest of the sign is plain. From the photo is appears that the material may be very slightly opaque. The size was not provided but judging by the size of the item it was next to in the photo, a height of about 3.5″ and a width of between 4″ and 4.5″ would be a fair guess. This screen printed plastic sign is the only one I have seen that was not made of porcelain.
Not a sign but nevertheless a Cybis dealer item was this small pendant (described as a “pin pendant” although only the one photo which appears to be a pendant) given by the studio to their high-volume accounts. It was made by Terryberry, whose customers have a choice of finishes as well as a tiny gemstone accent if desired. In this case it is a gold-plated finish and small diamond. It was cited as being ½” which I assume means the width.
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