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  • A stingray - propelled by his long whiplash tail - glides silently above the sea bed; the large eyes on top of his body searching for prey. The flattened blue body - with its distinctive markings on the upperside - is enhanced with blue aventurine. Growing on the seabed are two red aquatic plants.Signed with a WM cane below the body of the stingray....

  • A magnum one-of-a-kind weight with 3 butterflies above a stem bearing 2 salmon roses in full bloom, dark-green leaves and - somewhat incongruously - a white & yellow narcissus. The 3 insects have different coloured wings - glittering pink, blue and copper aventurine - with yellow eye-spots and yellow-spotted edges. A small WM signature cane is set at...

  • An upright weight, with a polished front facet revealing a beautiful butterfly set within a garland of 6 large pink and blue flowers backed by green leaves. The insect’s body seems to fade into the translucent dark-green background (appears black!) whereas the iridescent green wings - outlined by small yellow eyespots - stand out clearly. A WM signature...

  • Borne on a branched brown stem are 2 lampwork multi-layered white blossoms together with a white bud and numerous small ribbed green leaves. A ruby flash overlay around the bottom of the weight extends into the base, which is cut with a 32-point starburst. The weight is intricately faceted with a pie-crust edged top window, 8 large side facets plus 16...

  • 4 differently-coloured exotic blooms are borne on a branched brown stem together with pale-green leaves. A ladybird is clinging to the leaves on the underside of the branch. The weight has a large concave top facet, through which the lower row of side facets is visible. The intricate facetting in the ruby flash overlay lends the weight its very...

  • At the lower end of a stem bearing numerous veined green leaves and 2 buds about to open is a single salmon rose in full bloom . The “Elizabeth of Glamis” rose was named after HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, whose ancestral family seat was Glamis castle. This weight commemorated her 100th birthday in the year 2000. The intricately-faceted weight has...

  • A magnum cylindrical weight with layers of lampwork flowers and leaves and brightly-coloured butterflies. The fine faceting enhances the overall impression of an exotic “lepidoptarium”.Script-signed, numbered and dated: William Manson Snr. 2/10 2000 (with original certificate).  

  • Magnum lampwork weight depicting a desert landscape with sparse vegetation. The sandy ground is sprinkled with green glass chippings and copper aventurine. A tiger salamander - with yellow markings & long curling tail - is eyeing his prey... an unsuspecting ladybird contentedly sitting on a white desert flower.Signed with a“WM” cane &...

  • The intricate cutting on the blue flash overlay of this magnum weight reveals 2 pale-pink lady’s slipper orchids, a ladybird perched at the end of the fern-like leaves and a beautifully coloured butterfly. The tips of its outstretched wings have black & white blotches, while the wings themselves are enhanced with green/gold aventurine. Nature -...

  • Borne on a branched brown stem are 2 ripe strawberries and 2 white blossoms along with a number of small ribbed green leaves. Signed at the base of the stem with a tiny WM signature cane. The single blue overlay has beaded facets around the concave top window, while the sides are cut with a row of 6 large facets. In a second row are 6 smaller facets and 6...

  • Viewed through a polished front facet is a red rose in full bloom with 2 green leaves set behind it. The curved brown stem bears 2 further leaves and a side branch with a red bud. The textured finish around the weight gives the impression of cracked ice.A WM signature cane is placed at the bottom of the stalk. Signed and dated on the flat, polished base:...

  • A bright orange lampwork flower with 10 ribbed petals arranged around a green/white millefiori “stamen”. The stem bears 4 veined leaves. The design is set within a border garland composed of purple, white & green composite millefiori canes over a translucent blue ground. The weight is finished with a circular top window and 6 oval side facets with...

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