The Cybis studio produced relatively few dog and cat studies – less than a dozen of each during the studio’s entire history. I have never seen a Cordey-imprint dog, although there were three different cats made. Most of the canine sculptures were introduced in the 1980s or later and all are open (non-limited) editions.
The earliest Cybis dog I have found thus far is this glazed Boxer from the 1950s. He is 5″ high, 6″ long, and exhibits the high glaze typical of many pieces during their first decade. The flower and foliage elements correspond with those seen on many of the birds that Cybis produced during that era. However it’s not known whether this was an original Cybis design or cast from a commercial mold.
The first modern era (post-1960) Cybis dog sculpture was Dandy the Dancing Dog issued in 1977 at an issue price of $145 and now retired. He was one of several circus-animal designs during the late 1970s and is 8.25” high.
The second canine in that genre was Circus Dog ‘Big Top’ in 1982. He is 4.5” high and now retired; his original issue price is not yet confirmed. His original issue name was Big Top, The Circus Dog which was tweaked to the current name a few years later.
In 1985, the Beagle Pups ‘Branigan and Clancy’ made their appearance with an issue price of $375; they are still currently shown on the most recent Cybis site at $995. This sculpture is 6” high and 10” long.
There were two canine pieces released in 1986. One was Mick the Melodious Mutt, at $175; he is on the existing Cybis site for $295. Mick was one of the original members of the series called the “Cybis Musical Menagerie Quartet” (seen in Music and Opera) and is about 6.5” high. The title on his book cover is “Songs From the Heart.”
The other 1986 piece is a third circus dog named Pierre the Performing Poodle who is 4.5” high. His Cybis retail price rose from $225 to $295 currently.
In the (most likely) 1990s there appeared a variant titled on the current Cybis site as Je T’aime, Poodle (Mate to Pierre). She is the same body mold as Pierre but with a different coloration, wearing a red bow instead of a knitted cap; her ball is decorated with hearts to correspond with her name (“I love you”). Cybis prices her to match Pierre at $295. If there is a mold impression date on Je T’aime it would be 1986 regardless of her actual introduction year.
The following sculptures have unknown (at present) introduction years but were definitely issued in the 1990s or early 2000s.
At some point Cybis began to offer one of the two 1985 beagle pups as a separate edition in a slightly modified coloration and named simply Beagle. My best guess for its introduction date is the late 1990s or very early 2000s. However, if there is a copyright date in the mold it probably says 1985 regardless of when this single-pup edition first appeared at retail. He is 5.75” high and is shown on the Cybis site for $595.
The Scottish Terrier is a bit of a mystery. He is only 2.25” high and 4” long and appears on the Cybis site for $495. It is probable that he was originally part of the short-lived “Midnight” series of all-black sculptures in the late 1980s/early 1990s; the Black Bear shown in Bulls and Bears definitely was one of those.
There is a Scottie listed on a 1974 list of verified older Cybis sculptures, probably from the 1950s, but with no other specifications other than that it was an open edition.
The final Cybis canine is listed on the 2008/09 Cybis site without any photograph, as English Cocker Spaniel priced at $195. The size is given as 3.25” x 3.25” which means this too is a small piece. Perhaps this dog is depicted in a reclining position (I can’t help but imagine Lady from Lady and the Tramp, as a possible model!). In fact I’m quite puzzled by both factors (dimensions and price). The Scottish Terrier is not that large either – although bigger than the Spaniel – but is priced $300 higher despite the fact that, frankly, the painting is extremely simple. If anyone has a photo of this piece I’d be very curious to see it and also to add it to this post; there is a direct-contact form on the About the Cybis Archive page.
Three Cybis sculptures included a dog as a secondary element. The first was the limited edition Eskimo Mother, seen in the Mothers’ Day post.
The next was Rumples the Pensive Clown, an open edition from 1979 sculpted by William Pae and seen in the Circus post. Both the clown and the dog were modeled on Mr. Pae’s young son and his pet.
And the 1980 open edition Kara, girl on the beach (shown in Children to Cherish) also includes this puppy.
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