ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The International Perfume Bottle Association (IPBA) welcomes Arlie Sulka, a specialist in late 19th and early 20th century decorative arts, as the keynote speaker during its 21st annual convention being held April 30-May 3 in Albuquerque, N.M. Sulka has been a devotee of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Tiffany Studios, particularly his blown glass, lamps, windows and ceramics, and for 11 seasons, has appeared as a guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow.
Having more than 30 years of experience in the field of antiques, Sulka lectures in museums around the country, has published articles, works as an appraisal consultant for private clients and various museums in North America and in Europe, and has been a part-time lecturer in the NYU Continuing Education Appraisal Studies Program. She serves on the board of directors of the National Antiques and Art Dealers Association of America, Inc. (NAADAA).
In a repeat performance, IPBA will open the doors of its annual convention to the public for a free presentation, “Collecting Perfume Bottles, 101.” This popular program covers how to get started collecting, what to look for, where to hunt for perfume bottles and how to learn more about the hobby. Participants will see unique and affordable perfume bottles. There will be door prizes, a free starter packet and refreshments. Seating is limited; call 505-856-6980 to register.
The public is invited to attend the annual perfume bottles auction. Collectors may bid/buy live at the auction or by phone bid, order bid, Internet bid or post-sale purchase. The auction will be held on Friday, May 1, at 5 p.m. in the Albuquerque Hotel at Old Towne, 800 Rio Grande Blvd., N.W., Albuquerque.
This year’s educational presentations include: “DeVigny Golliwogg and Friends,” “Czechoslovakian Bottles – The Opulent Opaques,” “Watching Your Figure – Expanding the Menu of Figural Perfume Bottle Collecting,” and “Inside Milady’s Purse – The 1940s.”
Some of the world’s top perfume bottle dealers and experts will set up showcases of their inventory in the exhibit hall for the perfume bottle show and sale. Many sellers set aside their best and rarest perfume bottles and related accessories specifically for the IPBA convention.
The International Perfume Bottle Association is a not-for-profit organization and the largest worldwide association of individuals collecting and dealing in perfume bottles. For membership or more information about the convention, visit www.perfumebottles.org, or call 732-492-2003.