Perfume bottle collector group adds more public events

JACKSONVILLE, FLa. – The International Perfume Bottle Association (IPBA) announces that its annual convention will be held this year at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32202 from May 2-6, 2012. While some presentations and activities are available only to registrants, there are others that the public may attend and enjoy.

1920s German porcelain perfume atomizer  1920s German porcelain perfume atomizer. Photo courtesy IPBA.

The keynote address, available to registrants only, will be provided by Marc Rosen, a multiple award winner for perfume packaging and bottle design. His recently published book, “Glamour Icons – Perfume Bottle Design,” recognizes and celebrates perfume bottle design as an art form. For more than 20 years, Rosen has designed packaging for  manufacturers such as Elizabeth Arden, Revlon, Estee Lauder, Nina Ricci, Karl Lagerfeld and many others.

For the general public, the IPBA Perfume Bottle Show & Sale is open on Saturday, May 5 from 3-6 p.m., and on Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m.-noon. The best perfume bottle dealers in the world set up to sell at the show bringing with them the rarest and finest bottles and vanity items one will ever see.

The entry fee for the Show & Sale is $5 but a downloadable, 2-for-1 discount coupon is available by visiting the IPBA website.

In a repeat performance, IPBA will additionally open the doors of its annual convention to the public on Saturday, May 5 , 2:15-3:15 p.m. 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 this wonderful hobby. Participants will view unique and affordable perfume bottles in many categories. There will be door prizes, a free starter packet and refreshments. Attendees are also allowed in the Show & Sale on that afternoon free of charge. Seating for this free program is limited; call Walter at 502-425-8877 to register.

1921 Chu Chin Chow perfume bottle by Bryenne  1921 Chu Chin Chow perfume bottle by Bryenne

The public is also invited to attend the annual Perfume Bottles Auction organized and directed by renowned perfume bottle specialist and author Ken Leach. IPBA is pleased to announce the return of Nicholas Dawes as auctioneer whose engaging personality adds a bit of charm to this professionally run event.

Attendance for the auction, which will be held on Friday, May 4, is free; the event begins promptly at 5 p.m. [View some of this year’s perfume bottles for auction offerings.] Last year’s auction netted more than one half million dollars with bottles being sold for as little as $100 and as much as $37,000.

Also on the schedule of events for members only are a number of presentations by leading authorities created to educate and entertain registered attendees: seminar on multifunctional perfume bottles, seminar on Czech perfume bottles, roundtables on various topics and a seminar titled “Scents in the Sun” by the Florida regional chapter.

19th century crystal scent bottle with gold & turquoise mount  19th century crystal scent bottle with gold & turquoise mount

Members will also have the option of various tours on the days prior to the start of the convention including the Morse Museum in Winter Park, Fla., home of the world’s largest Tiffany collection, the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine as well as a Jacksonville perfume and bottle tour.

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 information or more information about the convention, visit the IPBA website or call Susan at 732-492-2003.

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