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IPBA Annual Convention

22nd Annual Convention

Reston, VA
April 29th, 2010 to May 2nd, 2010

     Reston is a suburb of Washington D.C. and the Hyatt Regency Hotel is a favorite IPBA venue. This convention was our sixth one held at this hotel. The town of Reston is a "full-service" community, located very near Dulles International Airport. Attendance was 250 people. Convention Chair Penny Dolnick is credited with once again creating a wonderful convention experience for everyone in attendance.

     The weekend began with an optional bus tour on Thursday to Hillwood Museum & Gardens. Hillwood's collection of Russian icons, gold and silver pieces, porcelains and Faberge eggs, etc. is the creme de la creme of decorative art. After lunch at the Hillwood Cafe, the tour visited the Maurine Littleton Gallery in Georgetown featuring works by leading contemporary glass artists.

     Thursday began with a fascinating presentation on "Lips of Luxury" by Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg. His book of the same title was available for sale.  First time attendees were honored with an orientation session, and thereafter was the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall and Sale.

     Friday morning was the traditional (eagerly anticipated) Collectors Market - commonly referred to as a "feeding frenzy of perfume bottle collectors."  In the afternoon, Helen & Craig Farnsworth presented "Around the World in 80 Perfumes" featuring 80 perfumes of cultural importance to 53 countries. It was created in the form of a hot air balloon trip from the U.S. across continents to end in Australia. This was followed by Bonnie Salzman's presentation on "The Steuben Perfumes of Frederick Carder."

    Friday night's highlight was the annual Perfume Bottles Auction organized by Ken Leach and featuring "Antiques Roadshow" celebrity Nicholas Dawes as auctioneer.

   This year the educational presentation of "Collecting Perfume Bottles, 101" was facilitated by Sabra Brea and open to the public.  

  Saturday  morning the well attended Treasures Found session, moderated by Marilyn & Rocky Rockholt and Susan Via was held.  Specialty Collector Groups met thereafter. Luncheon keynote speaker was Nicholas Dawes on his special area of expertise "The Flora and Fauna of Rene Lalique." He is considered the leading authority on works by Rene Lalique and has published books and curated exhibits on this subject.  The annual meeting of members followed. A new award "IPBA Shining Stars" was created this year and awarded to Coleen Abbott, Sally Berger, Carol Caslow, Marsha Crafts, and Barbara W. Miller.

    In the afternoon Victoria Christian of Clive Christian Perfumes and Barbara W. Miller, regaled us with "British Elegance" the fascinating history of The Crown Perfumery company from the Victorian era to today's most expensive perfume. Victoria is the eldest daughter of Clive Christian. 

    Saturday night - the third annual Night At the Movies - screened "The Powder and the Glory," the story of how two pioneering entrepreneurial women (Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein) created an industry, became global rivals and cultural icons, and changed the way we look at ourselves. PJs worn ran the gamut from ridiculous to sublime!

     Sunday began with Collectors Roundtables. Topics and facilitators were: Animal Figurals by Rod Baer & Randy Monsen; Minis by the Book by Carol Caslow; Cambridge Glass Perfume Bottles by Linda Roberts; Czech Mini Sets by Paula Walker; Czech Dangles by Verna Kocken; Fun with Factices by Irene Levine; Jewel Top Masters by Lyndie Slack; Glass Marks & Signatures by Joan Walter; Perfumes from Portugal by Afonso Oliveira; Internet Selling by Chris Clark; Viard, Sculptor of Glass by Peggy & Virgil Tichenor; and 18th & 19th Century, A Closer Look by Gayle Syers and Muriel Peterson.

     And the day ended (sadly) with closure of the Exhibit Hall at noon.  Now, to look forward to next year!





Presentations: Nicholas Dawes of "Antiques Roadshow" fame was the keynote speaker - his topic was beautiful Lalique glass - his speciality.

Other wonderful presentations:

  • "The Steuben Perfumes of Frederick Carder" by Bonnie Salzman
  • "British Elegance: The Crown Perfumery and Clive Christian Perfume Companies" by Victoria Christian and Barbara Miller
  • "Around the World in 80 Perfumes" by Helen Farnsworth
  • "Lips of Luxury" Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg