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Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine interviews Susan Via, Sue Blue and Nick Dawes

PHG article thumbA very descriptive and colorful "Perfume Bottles - History, Highlights and Helpful Hints" by Marie Matson with photography by David B. Moore and Ken Leach was featured in the February 2013 issue of Phoenix Home and Garden. President Susan Arthur was contacted by the PHG staff as they were looking to locate an International Perfume Bottle member in Phoenix to interview on collecting glass. Susan sent them a press kit, complete with the history of the organization, how to join and some basic information on collecting. As we have many members in the state of Arizona, alas none in Phoenix, Susan remembered that Susan Via lives in Tucson, an uber Czech collector, and asked her permission to have PHG contact her. Susan Via graciously answered the multitudes of questions posed to her about collecting. Ms. Arthur offered photos from the upcoming auction to PHG and Ken fowarded fabulous photos from his recent catalog shoot. The PHG staff also interviewed Sue Blue, a diehard DeVilbiss collector and Nick Dawes, a Lalique expert well known to IPBA members as our celebrity auctioneer for Ken Leach's Perfume Bottle Auctions. Read all about their comments on collecting complete with some great tips.


Ukranian magazine Antiques interviews President Susan Arthur - February 2012

Ukranian Antiques MagazineA posh, glossy Antiques magazine contacted President Susan Arthur for an interview on collecting perfume bottles. Written in Russian, it is the format of questions and answers. Susan contacted a fellow scientist colleague who is from Romania originally and she translated it for her. Topics included the history of our organization, the benefits of membership, key activities including convention and regional chapter meetings, and the Perfume Bottle Quarterly as a conduit of information, research and fellowship. Her personal collecting interests were queried. Susan collects Vaseline glass, and that did not quit translate correctly - at least when that paragraph was translated back, it sounded as if they thought she collected drugstore bottles of the commercial pretroleum jelly product AKA Vaseline! Check out the link to see the article and if you can read Russian - the Cyrillic script is most interesting. Read the full article...


Perfume Library Available on CD

The fabulous perfume library of IPBA Archivist, Helen Farnsworth, is now available for purchase on CD. This archival material has been compiled by Helen over a period of 30 years and includes perfume catalogs, advertising, and a database of over 26,000 perfume entries on 597 pages. The database with worldwide coverage contains company names, presentation names, perfume names, trade names, line names, distributors, perfumers, locations and dates. The library is contained in a two-disk set at the cost of $25. This cost includes priority shipping.

For further information contact archivist [at] perfumebottles [dot] org (subject: Perfume%20Database%2FLibrary) (Helen Farnsworth).

Book Reviews

  • The Crown Top Book, German Porcelain Perfume Bottles, 1920-1939, Pauline E. Turco

    The Crown Top Book, German Porcelain Perfume Bottles, 1920-1939
    Reviewed by Lenore Worth Hiers

    This wonderful book deals exhaustively with the specialty collecting area stated in its title. Pauline Turco, long time member of the International Perfume Bottle Association, has spent years researching her specialty and graciously shares this knowledge with the world.

    Chapter 1 delves primarily into the political climate and events which gave rise to the creation of crown tops, and then follows through until their demise with the beginning of World War II. This fascinating detailed recap of an era adds a dimension of interest to the subject and is illustrated with current events posters, ads, photos, etc.

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  • Glamour Icons, Marc Rosen

    Glamour Icons
    Reviewed by Lenore Worth Hiers

    Mr. Rosen has written this absolutely spellbinding book about his career as a creator of perfume bottles for commercial fragrances beginning in 1972. Beautiful photos of his creations for Revlon, Elizabeth Arden, Karl Lagerfeld, and Fendi (among many others) are on almost every page, along with interesting tidbits of his personal and creative history.

    He shares the process behind the art of designing a perfume bottle. He describes the steps he uses, and the guidance he gives his graduate students at Pratt Institute where he teaches the only course world-wide on this subject.

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  • The Art of Rene Lalique flacons and powder boxes, Christie Mayer Lefkowith

    The Art of Rene Lalique flacons and powder boxes
    Reviewed by Verna Kocken

    What you will not find: A table of contents; Numbered chapters; A precise chronology

    What you will find: A larger-than-life tribute to an artist who was larger-than-life. Commissioned by Silvio Denz, President and CEO of Lalique S. A., to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Rene Lalique’s birth (1860), this book was also intended to dedicate and inspire the work and operations of his newly acquired company.

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  • Lips of Luxury, Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg

    Lips of Luxury
    Reviewed by Lenore Worth Hiers

    Starting with its gorgeous gold-embossed jacket, this new book by IPBA Member Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg of Paris, France, is a feast for the eyes throughout.

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  • Research on IRICE, Helen Farnsworth, Archivist

    Reviewed by Frank and Elizabeth Creech

    Over the years archivist [at] perfumebottles [dot] org (Helen Farnsworth), IPBA Archivist, has answered many questions about perfume bottles, but the most frequently asked questions have been about IRICE. She has decided to write up a report on what is known about this company which we are pleased to publish on this website.

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