In addition to their various child/baby busts, nursery rhyme and fairytale characters, the Cybis studio produced many sculptures within their general category called “Children to Cherish.” They were all non-limited editions. The first three such pieces, all from the 1960s, predated the category concept which was introduced the following decade. Sculptures are shown in chronological order by retail release year.
(Note: The “sports” themed child studies appear in their own separate post even though Cybis also included them in the general “children” category.)
Springtime, made from 1963 to 1969, is 5” high and sold for $35-$45 during that period. Two very slightly different colorations appear to exist. The first example (with the darker hair) is the most common although the flower’s color and decoration could vary; I’ve seen them variously as yellow, all-white, white with dark spot on each petal. It may be that the white with blue edge could be the earliest version. However, Springtime’s hair ribbon is always blue.
Rebecca was introduced in 1964 at $64 and retired in 1972 at $110. She is 6.5” high and while not expressly identified other than as “Rebecca”, her photo caption in Cybis’ 1960s catalogs reads “For all little girls who, like the little Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, find happiness in Beauty Days!” This piece, as well as a number of other child studies released during the 1960s and 1970s, was sculpted by Marylin Chorlton.
First Flight was issued in 1966 for $20 and retired in 1973 for $50. This piece is 4.5” high including the base to which it is attached. It was designed by Patricia Eakins who had also worked for Lenox and Boehm.
First Bouquet was a special Brielle Galleries event piece in the 1970s which sold (if I recall correctly) for $75. Other than the substitution of flowers for the bluebird, and the change of hair ribbon color from blue to orange, it is identical to First Flight.
Pollyanna was produced from 1971–1975, with a retail price of $135–$195 during that time. She is 7” high and was designed by Mildred Cook. The photo above shows the standard retail edition, even though the very first Cybis advertising photo, the black-and-white one shown below, exhibits some differences.
Here she holds the apple in her left hand rather than her right, and the bow is different in that the loops are open and it has “tails” whereas the production version does not. The bench is dark instead of white, and her shoes also appear to be a dark color, at least from this black-and-white photo; perhaps her shoes were dark blue. It is probable that this first photo shoot utilized a prototype or artist’s proof, or perhaps some early ones were made like this.
Elizabeth Ann was introduced in 1976 at $195 and retired before 1982. Measurements are 4” x 4” x 5”. According to the studio’s advertising, she was “a sister to Yankee Doodle, our colonial boy on a broomstick.”
During the next two years (1977 and 1978) Cybis introduced four successive sculptures showing pairs of children at play. These are the only Cybis pieces that show more than one child. None of the child pieces introduced after 1976 were designed by Marylin Chorlton, who died in 1977.
Boys Playing Leapfrog ‘Skipper and Jens’ was a 1977 piece at $265, and was retired before 1982. It is 9.25” high and 6.5” wide.
Boys Playing Marbles ‘Rusty and Jonny’ was another 1977 introduction, at $285. It is 6.5” x 8” wide and was also retired prior to 1982.
Lisa and Lynette from 1978 at $285. Size is 9” high and 11” wide. Another pre-1982 retirement.
Nancy and Ned (sledding) was the other 1978 issue. It was the most expensive of the series at $325 and was also retired before 1982. It is 7.25” high and 9.5” wide. I have no idea why the “sledding” was placed in parentheses; was Cybis intending to portray Nancy and Ned in other seasonal sports? The standard retail colorway is shown in the first photo. As for the blue colorway, it may have been done at a collector’s request because it was not marked A.P. and it is unlikely that Cybis would have chosen a piece at this pricepoint or of this complexity for a dealer event piece.
Cybis returned to their normal single-child format in 1979 with Christopher ‘The Sea Listener’ . He was issued at $275 but by 1982 his price had risen to $425. By 1988 he was retired. This piece is 6″ high.
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair appeared in 1979 at $250; she was retired in 1982 at $525. She is 9.5” high. Shown above is the standard retail version that includes a yellow bird.
The circumstances surrounding this version, with a white butterfly, are unknown; was it a production change that involved only this element? If it was a dealer event piece one would think there would be other changes but the two versions are completely identical except for the bird/butterfly substitution. (I have only seen one of these and so it’s always possible that the butterfly may be an “aftermarket” substitution for a lost bird.) By the way, the 1979 Cybis catalog shows her simply as Jeanie while the 1982 price list has Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair.
Kara (girl on beach) was made for only two years: in 1980 at $285 and 1981 at $375. It is 9.5” high. This is one of only three sculptures that include a dog as a secondary element; the other two are Rumples the Pensive Clown and Eskimo Mother.
Suzanne (girl with kitten) was introduced in 1980 at $325 and was retired between 1982 and 1988. Dimensions are 4.5” high x 9” long. The first photo shows the retail colorway. The second photo shows an artists proof that differs slightly from the retail version and which I think is more attractive because of the subtle and realistic shading. This is the only Cybis piece that ever included a cat as a secondary element.
Drummer Boy ‘Nicky’ is from 1981 and is 5.5” high. In 1982 he sold for $295 but was retired by 1988.
Little Jamie was originally subtitled “(boy with chicks)” when introduced in 1981 but later shorted to just Little Jamie. Height is six inches. In 1982 his retail price was $365. Like Nicky, he too was retired before 1988.
Emily Ann, who is 6” high, appeared after the summer of 1982 but was retired by 1988; she was designed by William Pae. Her price history is not known.
David, Shepherd Boy was a 1983 piece that was retired before 1988. He is 8.5” high and was perhaps based on the Biblical story of the origins of David (of David and Goliath fame.)
The Choir Boy was introduced in 1984. A portion of the sale proceeds (but retail price currently unknown; it was not specified in the brochure) was to benefit the American Boychoir School. He is 8.5” high. He was “officially” retired before 1988 but the studio brought him back in the 2000s by offering back-stock on their website for $325.
(The sports-themed figures of the late 1980s are shown in their own post even though the majority of them are children.)
Clarissa, 5.25” high, was introduced in 1986 at $165. This photo shows the standard retail version that continued to be available thereafter for $195.
In 1987 Cybis introduced this pink variation named Little Heart which retailed for $195 for the three years that she was available. The mold is slightly different in that the flowers on her skirt are replaced by hearts, she has a decorated bodice, and holds a small heart in her right hand.
Laura was introduced in the autumn of 1986 at $325 and was $395 in 1999. The Cybis brochure described her as capturing “the innocence of a bygone age.” She is 9” high. Although not a young child, she appears in Cybis price lists under the “Children to Cherish” heading. Other young Cybis ladies of similar teenage-appearance were Betty Blue and Melissa, both of whom appear in the Pink and Blue post.
Two companion child pieces were also introduced in 1986: Bedtime Beth and Bedtime Jody. Both are 5” high. They were priced at $260 each in 1988, and $295 in 1993. During that latter year Cybis offered them as a pair for $500 but discontinued the discounted format shortly afterward.
Daddy’s Little Girl is 11” high and was a 1989 introduction at $625; pieces actually created during that year will have the special 50th Anniversary backstamp. In the introductory brochure the studio said that they would “paint the name of the daddy’s little girl in your family on the bottom of the sculpture, on special orders shipped directly from the studio.” So if any show up for sale on eBay with a name (in addition to ‘Cybis’) on the bottom, that is why. By 1993 her price rose to $750 and then to $895 in 1999.
The following non-limited edition child figures appeared in late 1989 or after. I suspect that these were designed by the same artist who did the “sports children.”
Andy is sometimes shown with the expanded name “(boy reading book)” although that obviously goes without saying. He is 4.75” high and was $275 in 1993.
Cowboy (little boy) is 8.5” high and was $290 on the same 1993 price list as Andy.
First Bath, companion to First Flight is 5.75” high overall and was $325 on their 1993 price list. Although ridiculously similar to the long-retired First Flight from the late 1960s, this is not cast from the same mold. It is also 1.25” larger than the earlier piece.
Girl with Lamb is 5.5” high and was $295 in 1993, rising to $350 in late 1995.
Girl Picking Daisies ‘Love Me – Love Me Not’ is similarly sized at 5.25” high. Notice the dramatic difference in workmanship between the mold-cast flowers on this piece and those seen on the “Golden Age” 1960s and 1970s pieces such as Rebecca, Springtime, Heidi, etc. I can’t help thinking that these flowers look exactly like fried eggs! This is certainly not one of the Cybis studio’s best offerings, but nevertheless was pegged at $275 in 1993 and $20 more in 1995.
Girl Gathering Flowers with Chipmunk is 11.5” high and was priced at $450 in 1993. (At least the flowers on this one were handmade!)
I have only recently (November 2017) discovered the name and history of this bust. It is only 6.5″ high and was a non-limited edition. The copyright year shown in the mold is 1987 but she does not appear on the four price lists (February 1988, November 1993, Fall 1995, and May 1999) that I have. I also do not recall ever seeing her photo on the Cybis website, but thanks to a reader of the Archive I now know something of her backstory.
The name of this piece is Sabrina and she was offered for a short time during 2009 when the Cybis studio made a foray onto eBay as a seller. Various pieces were listed, some being in mint condition while others were described as having “slight imperfections” or “noticeable imperfections” (Marylin Chorlton probably turned over in her grave at that.) The listing description cited her as mint and with a “suggested retail price” of $875, but a listing price (Buy it Now) of $395. When my correspondent inquired to confirm its identity (never having seen it for sale before) the studio responded that it had been offered for a very short time in the past but because of “unusually high breakage” they stopped making them. Unfortunately after making his eBay purchase the buyer never received the piece from the studio and eventually got his money back after filing a claim with eBay. I have seen two of these offered for sale in the past few years but have no idea whether those were pre-eBay or post-eBay sales from the studio.
Although this piece definitely falls into the “teenage” or “young woman” category, I have no idea where else to put her (especially with her somewhat shady history!) and so she will remain here with the children. In my opinion this was one of the studio’s less successful pieces and not only because of “high breakage”; the glazed Pepto-Bismol pink is cloying, the rosebud-bedecked base is overkill, and the appearance of the girl being submerged in either water(?) or cement is just…. weird.
A far nicer young girl bust, in my opinion, is this clay model that was created during the 1980s by William Pae. This is the only known photo of it. In its completed state it would have been a head/shoulders/hands bust similar in style to the Madonna with Lily or Madonna with Bird, but the studio chose to shelve this project and so this sweet young lady was never produced for retail.
And finally, even though due to lack of any photo I have no idea whether this is a “child” piece or not, I’m going to assume that it might be and include it here. The museum catalog Cybis in Retrospect mentions but does not picture a Shepherdess with Christmas Rose in plain white bisque. The “christmas rose” would have been the perennial Helleborus niger but was she holding a bloom or simply standing next to a plant? This piece was only 5.5″ high but was 18″ long, so there must have been a flock of sheep also in evidence. It was cited as being from 1952.
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