UK Chapter

of the
International Perfume Bottle Association

A group for collectors of perfume bottles and perfume ephemera

Fourth Annual Convention October 16th & 17th 2004

The Committee of the UK Chapter is pleased to report that their recent two-day convention at the Europa Gatwick Hotel, London was another great success. Three first class speakers entertained and informed the members on Saturday and specialist dealers and exhibitors displayed around 5,000 rare and attractive bottles and a variety of perfume ephemera at the fair on Sunday.

The venue, for the second time, was the beautiful hacienda style Europa and the perfume bottle sale on Sunday was held in a spacious, attractive room. More than 60 members attended the event including visitors from the United States, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland and Spain. Among the American guests were three past Presidents of the IPBA and two former Board members.

phyllisThe convention was opened on Saturday afternoon by our Chairperson, Pamela Taylor, followed by an address by Phyllis Dohanian, a past President of the Association.

bettyThe first of our three speakers, Betty Houghton talked about the development of perfume over the ages and then described the redesign of the bottles, packaging and display of the entire range of the Cotswold Perfumery of Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire.3

3 Next came a team from the Estée Lauder Company, lead by beauty expert Christine Cartwright. Christine spoke (in her unique and entertaining style!) about the development of the Estée Lauder Company and was assisted by Christine Cartwight, Estee LauderAlison Chapman of Harrods in describing the production of their famous ornamental perfume solids. A short video showed the skilled processes and attention to detail that goes into producing these collectors’ pieces.

Our final speaker, David Pybus, is known as the Indiana Jones of the perfume business. David's passion for perfume has taken him on many journeys, from the depths of the Atlantic and the perfume treasure of the Titanic, David Pybusto the gardens of Pompeii for another aromatic treasure caught in time, to the lilies of a water garden in England and the rediscovery of Cleopatra's favourite juice, to the Incense Trail from Egypt to Japan and to the tatami mats of Sakai City, Osaka where the incense game Kodo is played. David’s talk vividly described these experiences and he illustrated it with many fascinating images.

In the final session of the afternoon, members heard about an ambitious project to produce a comprehensive encyclopaedia of everything perfume. Adrian Horsham, the Chapter’s newsletter editor, has spent several years researching and compiling an enormous database of perfume facts. The next phase is to illustrate the database, hopefully including photographs of examples from Members’ own collections and then to transfer the database to the internet for subscribers to browse and research the world of perfume.

roundtableAfter a buffet in the evening, expert facilitators hosted “round table” discussions about various aspects of perfume bottle collecting.

On Sunday a fair was held with eighteen dealers and exhibitors offering a wide variety of bottles and ephemera for sale – old and new, junecommercial and decorative, expensive and inexpensive. Perfume jewelry, cards, labels and advertising material were also available.

Members browsed the bottles on display during the morning and the public was admitted in the afternoon.

The fair and convention closed at 4:30pm

An album of photographs from the convention can be found here

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