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 are 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 includes them in the generalized “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 is now retired. 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 after an illness.
Boys Playing Leapfrog ‘Skipper and Jens’ was a 1977 piece at $265 that is now retired. It is 9.25” high and 6.5” wide.
Boys Playing Marbles ‘Rusty and Jonny’ was another 1977 introduction at $285, also retired. It is 6.5” x 8” wide.
Lisa and Lynette from 1978 at $285, now retired. Size is 9” high and 11” wide.
Nancy and Ned (sledding) was the other 1978 issue. It was the most expensive of the series at $325. 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. This now-retired piece is 6″ high.
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair appeared in 1979 at $250; she was retired 1981 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 a 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 is now retired. 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.
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.
Emily Ann, who is 6” high, appeared in 1982 and is now retired; she was designed by William Pae.
David, Shepherd Boy was a 1983 piece that is now retired. 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 was to benefit the American Boychoir School. His issue price is unknown but he still appears on the current Cybis site at $325. He is 8.5” high.
(The sports-themed figures of the late 1980s will be shown in their own post even though the majority of them are children.)
Clarissa, 5.25” high, was introduced in 1986 at $165 and is currently $295. This photo shows the standard retail version.
In 1987 Cybis introduced this pink variation named Little Heart which retailed for $195 at introduction. 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. She is now retired. Even though Little Heart wasn’t released until 1987, she utilized from the same “basic” mold as Clarissa which is why the copyright date stamp shows 1986 instead.
Laura was introduced in the autumn of 1986 at $325 and is $499 on the present site. The Cybis brochure describes her as capturing “the innocence of a bygone age.” She is 9” high. Although not a young child, she appears in a 1988 Cybis price list under the “Children to Cherish” heading. Young ladies of similar age-appearance to Laura are 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 they sell for $395 on the present Cybis site.
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. On the current Cybis site she is the most expensive of the “children” genre at $895, probably reflecting the additional work necessary for her necklace, mirror, trimmed hat and other decoration.
The following child figures probably appeared during the 1990s although at this time I do not have the exact years or their original issue prices. If anyone does have that information, or has a piece showing at least a copyright year in the mold, I’d be grateful for the opportunity to add it; there is a contact form on the About the Archive page. I suspect these were designed by the same artist who did the “sports children.” All of these are still currently shown on the existing Cybis site.
Andy is sometimes shown with the expanded name “(boy reading book)” although that obviously goes without saying. He is 4.75” high and is currently $395.
Cowboy (little boy) is 8.5” high and currently $395. This is the name shown on the Cybis site.
First Bath, companion to First Flight is 5.75” and priced at $395. Although ridiculously similar to the retired First Flight from the late 1960s/early 1970s 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 sells for $350.
Girl Picking Daisies ‘Love Me – Love Me Not’ is similarly sized at 5.25” high but sells for less ($295.) Notice the difference in workmanship between the flowers on this piece and those seen on the “Golden Age” 1960s and 1970s pieces such as Rebecca, Springtime, Heidi, etc.
Girl Gathering Flowers with Chipmunk is 11.5” high and is currently priced at $495.
This bust of a young lady in a beribboned hat is only 6″ high; the base is 5″ in one dimension but the other side was not given. The online seller claimed that the sculpture name was “Sabrina” and its copyright impression says 1987 but no such piece exists on a 1988 Cybis price list and it also does not appear in the 1989 introductions brochure. So that means the earliest possible introduction date would have to be 1990 or later.
Although the signature and mold impressions are undoubtedly Cybis, this departs in several notable ways from their usual style of ‘bust’ pieces. The first difference is the porcelain base element rather than wood, but admittedly there is one other: the Madonna with Rose another post-1990 piece seen with the Later Madonnas, has this also. The second is the shiny finish on the hat ribbons. The third is the very small size; this bust is the smallest of that genre I’ve ever seen by Cybis but then again the Madonna with Rose is only 8″ high including the base. But the biggest difference, in my opinion, is the awkwardness of the unclad shoulders, plus just one hand, emerging from a smooth surface – in fact my first impression of this piece was “lady in cement” (which I’ll probably always call it even if I do someday find out its proper name!)
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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