ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – On Friday May 1, the International Perfume Bottle Association will host its 19th annual Perfume Bottles Auction in Albuquerque, with an outstanding and varied selection of perfume, cosmetic and vanity items of every price range and taste. All items offered are in fine condition, and collectors can also expect to see some extraordinary surprises. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com
A who’s who of bottle designers is represented in more than 350 perfume lots, including designs by Gallé, Lalique, Schneider, Baccarat, J. Viard, Jollivet, Hoffman and countless others. Included are pre-1900 bottles of gold, silver and enamel; a colorful array of vintage Czechoslovakian crystal bottles, a fine selection of 20th-century commercial bottles, many with original boxes; as well as an elegant grouping of DeVilbiss atomizers made for the 1920s boudoir vanity.
Chronologically, a full range of perfume-bottle production will be presented. There are scent bottles dating from early as 1770 and wonderful examples of contemporary designs such as a Jean-Paul Gaultier 1990s perfume set housed in a cuckoo clock.
Highlights include a circa-1880 Art Nouveau bottle by Emile Gallé enameled in the Orientalist style (est. $4,000-$6,000), an unusual Czech bottle with its stopper formed as a nude floating on a cloud of perfume (est. $6,000-$8,000), a ship-shape bottle replicating the Normandie that was given to each first class passenger on the liner’s maiden voyage ($5,000-$6,000), and a rare 1926 bottle by American firm DeVilbiss, the glass encrusted with a gilt metal female form (est. $10,000-$12,000). Additional highlights include a 1775 Chelsea figural needlecase/scent bottle with gold mounts, depicting a maiden gathering flowers (est. $4,000-$6,000); and a fanciful scent-themed brooch for fashion designer/parfumier Lucien Lelong ($3,000-$4,000).
The Perfume Bottles Auction, organized by renowned specialist Ken Leach, is the official auction of the International Perfume Bottle Association’s annual convention. This auction is the highlight event of the IPBA weekend and is attended by hundreds of collectors from around the world. For many collectors, buying from this treasure trove is their “splurge” of the year.
The purpose of the IPBA is to provide information about all aspects of this collecting field including identification, uses, history, and manufacture, and to promote fellowship among members. The IPBA represents education, collecting and camaraderie. All members, whether beginners or experienced collectors, are most welcome.
About Ken Leach: Ken is an experienced auction director in four countries, a past board member of the Annette Green Museum, a returning judge of the annual Fifi Awards, and year 2000 recipient of the IPBA Honors of the Association. Ken is a pioneer in perfume bottle collecting, with four decades of experience in antiques.
View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
For information on items in the auction, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917-881-8747.
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