JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The International Perfume Bottle Association (IPBA) recently concluded its 24th annual convention where members from 19 countries converged to share their collective interest. The keynote address was provided by award winning perfume bottle designer Marc Rosen, author of the recently published “Glamour Icons – Perfume Bottle Design.” In addition to many social and educational events, there were excursions to the Morse Museum in Winter Park, home of a large collection of Tiffany glass, and to the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine.
As always, one of the highlights of the convention was the annual perfume bottle auction, held May 4. Currently under the direction of Ken Leach, of Gallery 47 in New York City, this is the longest running specialty auction of perfume bottles in the world. Guest auctioneer Nicholas Dawes kept bidding lively on the sale’s nearly 300. Dawes is seen on the “Antiques Roadshow” and serves as vice president of special collections, in the New York office of Heritage Auctions.
Strong interest was shown for 18th and 19th century scent containers, highlighted by a continental figural perfume brooch of enameled sterling silver in the form of a rose sold for $20,400. In the Czech category, a beautifully-jeweled bottle in black glass and a red figural stopper in the form of a butterfly sold for $6,600. The commercial category featured over 25 bottles designed by glass artists Julian Viard and Rene Lalique. A Viard figural bottle with blue patination, created for the Ramses perfume Sphinx D’Or, sold for $19,200 and the Lalique bottle, Flausa, made for Roger & Gallet, sold for $6,600.
Some of the highest prices were realized for rare Baccarat presentations created for commercial perfumers. The figural bottle of an elephant with rider created for Lubin and the scent Kismet sold for $13,200. The centerpiece of the auction was also a Baccarat design for Patanwalla containing the perfume Bhagwan. This figural bottle of an Indian male deity with enameled detail and housed in its original luxury box had only been known to exist through the drawings in the Baccarat archives. After much floor, internet and telephone bidding the bottle realized $63,600.
The auction’s total sales were $463,224, including price points from as low as $60. The sale’s sell-through rate is 89 percent, exceeding past auctions. All prices noted include the 20 percent buyer’s premium. Leach donates a portion of the sales to the IPBA.
In 2013 the IPBA will celebrate its 25th annual convention in Las Vegas. More information regarding membership can be found on the organization’s website. IPBA also can be found on Facebook. Consignments for next year are currently being considered and for information call 800-942-0550 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This beautiful and bountiful perfume bottle guide provides a complete survey of perfume and scent containers, from ancient times to modern days. Whether you collect bottles from specific designers or manufactures, a specific “parfumeur” or even from a specific country, you’ll find the identifying details and pricing you need.
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