Paperweights: William Manson

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

PW2447. Willie Manson Acadia National Park Museum Piece. LIMITED EDITION OF TEN. This is the fourth in the National Park Series. 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 — a beautiful expression of God’s work. And Willie did a great job, one only possible as developed and practiced over a life-long course of study. Likewise with la flora—watery lilies … a simple yet balanced bouquet of color and form perfectly balancing the ducks. Two ducks and three blooming water lilies—you get a lot of intricate lampwork from one of the greatest lamp-workers of all days. Signed on the base “William Manson Snr 2012 10/10”. 3 1/8 inches in diameter; 2 3/8 inches tall; one pound and four ounces.  $250