Completing the trilogy of Cybis equine reviews are the nine horses which were part of their ‘Carousel Collection’ over the decades. In fact, the series itself began with a carousel horse in 1973. (The other carousel animals are shown separately.)
All of the limited edition carousel horses were sculpted by Susan Clark Eaton. Heights given include the base but not the carousel pole; e.g., a height of 12” means from top of porcelain to underside of wood base.
The Carousel Horse was one of the two initial sculptures in the carousel series that Cybis introduced in 1973; the other was the Carousel Goat. Standing 12.5” tall and with an original issue price of $925, the Carousel Horse had a declared edition of 500 but only 325 were ultimately made when the issue was closed in 1979 at its original issue price. The example in the third photo may be an artist’s proof, because of the different colorway and very unusual base which I’ve seen only on one other Cybis carousel piece so far. Unfortunately only this one photo is available and no details given regarding any markings.
Bicentennial Carousel Horse ‘Ticonderoga’ was made only in 1975, 1976 and 1977 at a price of $925 throughout. Height is 12”. Like the Carousel Horse, the original declared edition was 500 but only 350 of these were made.
Carousel Pony ‘Sugarplum’ was a limited edition of 750 issued in 1981 at $975. He is 13.25” high. His edition was closed early (final quantity unknown) at some point before the start of 1988 because he does not appear on their price list issued in February of that year.
The elaborately decorated Carousel Charger was the tallest of the Cybis carousel horses at almost 14” high. He was an edition of only 325 sculptures and was introduced in 1984 priced at $1200. This is another piece that was made for a relatively short time because he, too, is missing from the February 1988 price list!
The Carousel Unicorn arrived in 1985 as a limited edition of 325 at $1275, rose to $2050 by 1988. He is just over 13” high. (More Cybis unicorns can be seen in Unicorns and Pegasi.) This is the first of the carousel horses whose edition “survived” into and through the 1990s, although at a much higher pricepoint; he is on their 1993 list for $3500. The full edition was not completed before the studio ceased production.
Another mythical equine – this time a hippocampus – is the Carousel Seahorse which was a limited edition of 500 standing 11.5” tall. It was introduced in 1987 and was priced at $1075 in 1988. Another survivor but with a reduced edition of 325, he was $1575 in 1993 and was nudging $3000 after Y2K. The studio’s more naturalistic example of a seahorse is shown in All at Sea with Cybis.
Golden Thunder was one of the Cybis 50th Anniversary designs issued in 1989; sculptures actually produced during that year bear the special stamp (shown in Signatures and Marks) in the belly area. Standing 13.5” high, he had a declared edition of 500 and was $2750 in 1993. When the studio shut down in the 2000s he was the most expensive carousel piece on their website, at $3775. From the site’s description: “…..this magnificent carousel piece has a golden eagle on its forehead. In bas-relief are the heads of the original thirteen Carousel animals decorated in their original colors, which enhance the 24 karat gold tone on tone armor saddle.”
Billed as a “companion piece” to the 1970s Bicentennial carousel horse Ticonderoga is the probably-1990 Carousel Pony ‘Patriot’ at 12.5” high. He is yet another limited edition of 750 that inexplicably remained at that declared level although never close to completed before the studio shut down. His initial pricing was $1650 and he actually remained the lowest-MSRP carousel horse at the end ($2395.)
The final Cybis carousel horse was part of their later ‘Carousel II’ series introduced in the late 1900s which is an open (non-limited) edition series of five small animals that can also fit onto a specially designed base sold separately. The Carousel II Pony is 9” tall and originally sold for $675. All of the Carousel II figures are shown in Carousel Animals.
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