This Citizen Genet Affair was selling for well over $2,000.00 in the 1970s. Unfortunately, the company's products went done in quality toward the end of the 1900s, in my never humble opinion. This caused the market to see much lower prices for Cybis porcelains, even an extremely rare piece such as
this. As befits America’s oldest* porcelain art studio, Cybis produced no less than 17 sculptures that celebrated the history and patriotism of the United States. Some were portraits, some were representations of our national bird, and some were giftware items .Another unique trait of this sculpture is the numbering, which rather than being the typical 1 to 200 instead runs from #1776 to #1976; thus, the piece that normally would have been #1 is numbered #1776, and the piece that would have been #200 is numbered #1976. This is very confusing/misleading if you don’t know that there were actually only two hundred of these made for retail sale! The brass plaque affixed to the base of each Columbia commemorates a different event in American history from 1776 to 1976. The Citizen Genet Affair is possibly the most rare of the Columbia series. We found only one of the entire series at Replacements, and that was reduced from $1,199.00 to $649.95. They had one only, and noted that the Manufacturers Retail Price was $2,500.00.
Title: Citizen Genet Affair.
Model Number - 1793.
Size: 14 1/2 inches tall.
Signed on obverse side, "Cybis 1793". An interesting coincidence is that the limited edition number matches the model number. This would be Number 17 if the numbering, as explained above, were the traditional 1 to 200.
Condition: Minor rubbing.. Needs cleaning..