The extremely popular unicorn collecting genre was not overlooked by Cybis, and in fact they did a rather nice job of it, too – going way back to the first decade of the modern studio in the 1960s. That other fantasy equine, Pegasus, was not neglected but let’s take a look at the Cybis unicorns first.
Cybis’ first (and considered by many to be their best) depiction of this magical beast was named simply Unicorn and is 15” tall. Introduced in 1969 as a limited edition of 500 priced at $1250, it sold out completely by 1974 at a final retail price of $1450. It was designed by Lynn Klockner Brown.
Next came the Unicorns ‘Gambol and Frolic’, in a smaller scale at 8.5” high. This limited edition of 1000 sold out in only three years (1977–1979) and closed at $450.
Also designed by Lynn Klockner Brown, the regal Unicorn Head ‘Prince Brocade’ appeared in 1981 and is 14.5” high. A completed edition of 500, it debuted at $2200.
The first open (non limited) Cybis unicorn was Sir Bailey who is 4.5” high. Introduced in 1982 at $365, he was designed by Susan Eaton who also designed more than twenty different unicorns for Lenox.
This holiday variation named Mistletoe has a wreath of (what else?) mistletoe around his horn instead of the usual flowers, and his collar is decorated in a red/green colorway. It’s not known whether this was a special gallery-event piece or was a separate holiday-themed retail edition.
This variation definitely was a retail version because it appears on a 1988 Cybis price list as ‘Tender Feelings’ (Unicorn) under a ‘Sweetheart’ category, for $450. Unfortunately these are the only photographs I have been able to find. It differs from Mistletoe in the collar decoration (there is no gold trim) and the wreath around his horn which appears to be pink and trimmed in tiny hearts. There is also a jewel-like adornment on his forehead that does not appear on either the standard or holiday version.
Back to the limited editions with the Carousel Unicorn in 1985. A limited edition of 325 priced at $1275 initially, by 1988 he cost $2050. He is just a bit over 13” high including the base. (The other Cybis carousel equines can be seen here.)
The following year (1986) saw the introduction of The Lady and The Unicorn, a limited edition of 750 which is 10.25” high. he introduction price was $1200 which in only two years rose to $1450. This too was designed by Lynn Brown. The photos above show the standard retail edition coloration which is in shades of green, reddish brown and beige. The lady herself was subsequently issued in the early 2000s as a stand-alone limited edition named Lady Elizabeth (who has her own Archive post.)
This is a special Lady and The Unicorn decorated in custom pastel colors. Only one exists in this colorway.
The final Cybis unicorn sculpture was another open edition by Susan Eaton. Lord Bentley, introduced in 1987 at $495, is described by Cybis as being the “companion to Sir Bailey” which was the only other nonlimited unicorn. He is 6.5” tall. However, Lord Bentley has a secret; read The Cybis Horses to find out what it is!
Although there were no further unicorn sculptures, Cybis did issue a Unicorn Plaque in 1989. It is 4” high x 3.25” wide and appeared on the 2009 Cybis site for $295 retail.
Cybis created only three pegasus sculptures. All of them are completed limited editions.
Like their first unicorn, the first Cybis winged horse was named simply Pegasus and was also by Lynn Brown. Introduced in 1970, he too was an edition of 500 and priced at $1450. He is slightly smaller than the unicorn, at 13.5” high. According to a mid-1970s article in a Louisville newspaper, this piece was originally commissioned by the Pegasus Parade committee as one of the awards presented for the best floats.
Most photographs of this piece completely fail to show that the wings contain areas of shimmery highlights, created by the random application of glaze to small areas on some of the feathers, but this picture has captured them nicely. The same glaze was applied to Pegasus’ hooves as well. The rest of the sculpture is bisque (matte) porcelain.
The other pegasi were all ‘youngsters’. The Pegasus Colt ‘Free Spirit’ appeared in 1980 as an edition of 1000 for $675. He is 9” tall. In 1981 when the Iranian hostages were released, Cybis produced a special run of 52 sculptures described in a newspaper article as being “decorated with yellow ribbons” for presentation to each of the former hostages. Because the standard version shown above does not have ribbons, it’s possible that the small flower bouquet was replaced by a yellow bow and/or that the striped rope was replaced by a ribbon.
The final pegasus piece was Pegasus Colts ‘Flight and Fancy’ (similar to the unicorn colts shown above). It is 7” high and was released in 1984 as an edition of 1000 at $975.
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