Paperweights: William Manson

PW1517. William Manson Museum Piece. Olympic National Park. From the National Park Paperweight series. Willie makes great salamanders and this is no exception. The first introduction of the long-toed salamander into the paperweight world. Shelf fungi grow on the branch and ferns decorate the mossy ground. Numbered 9/10 and signed William Manson Snr 2010. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and three ounces.  $275

PW1612. William Manson Museum Piece. LE of 10. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Third in the National Park Paperweight series. I believe this is the first introduction of the rare Organ Pipe shovel-nosed snake into a paperweight. They are just one of many interesting snakes in this stretch of desert. Numbered 3/10 and signed William Manson Snr 2011. 3 inch diameter; 2 1/4 inches tall; one pound and one ounce.  $250

PW2440. LIMITED EDITION OF TEN. Two ducks and three blooming water lilies—you get a lot of intricate lampwork from one of the greatest lamp-workers of all days. Consider the amount of experience that went into one of these. Willie was a teenage apprentice to The Old Master Paul Ysart himself back in the 60s, and he trained closely with him for years. When Paul left Caithness to form his own glass company, Willie went with him. The influence of the old master is present if not channeled when it comes to sculptures such as these incredible ducks. Really astounding when you think about it. This pair of golden eye ducks is sleek and smart. The water lilies create a well-balanced bouquet of color and form perfectly balancing the ducks. Signed on the base “William Manson Snr 2012 3/10”. Nearly magnum at 3 3/16 inches in diameter; 2 1/4 inches tall; one pound and three ounces.  $275