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 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.
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.
The Carousel Unicorn arrived in 1985 as a limited edition of 325 at $1275, rose to $2050 by 1988, and is still shown on the current Cybis website although now at $3875. He is just over 13” high. (More Cybis unicorns can be seen in Unicorns and Pegasi.)
Another mythical equine – this time a hippocampus – is the Carousel Seahorse which is a limited edition of 500 standing 11.5” tall. It was introduced in 1987, was priced at $1075 in 1988, and currently appears on the Cybis site for $2950. (Their more naturalistic example of a seahorse is shown in All at Sea with Cybis.)
Billed as a “companion piece” to the mid-1970s Bicentennial carousel horse Ticonderoga is Carousel Pony ‘Patriot’ at 12.5” high. He is a limited edition of 750 (issue year unconfirmed at present) and appears on the Cybis website at $2395.
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 has a declared edition of 500 and is currently priced at $3775 from Cybis. From the Cybis 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.”
The final Cybis carousel horse is 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 is priced on the Cybis website at $795. All of the Carousel II figures are shown in Carousel Animals.
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