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  • 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...

  • An “end-of-day” weight with whole & partial canes, filigree twists and green, red & copper aventurine inclusions. A “WM” signature cane is set slightly off-centre in addition to a number of “PP” signature canes - an indication, perhaps, that the millefiori was from the relatively short-lived Phoenix Paperweights venture set up by glassworkers from...

  • The clear glass encloses a bright-red butterfly over a blue jasper ground, enhanced by the fancy cutting...a top facet, 8 sloping side facets and 8 upright facets. According to the artist, this was one of the first weights he made when he was working with Paul Ysart.Script-signed across the flat polished base: William Manson 1971 Harland.  

  • A pink, 8-petalled lampwork flower, with an aventurine butterfly hovering above it, is set over a mottled purple ground within a garland of pink, white and yellow complex millefiori canes. Made by William Manson for Caithness (after a design by Colin Terris), the weight has a (19)78 date cane in the base and is signed by both artists and numbered 31 on...

  • Made in 1978 to a Colin Terris design, this is an example of William Manson’s early work at Caithness Glass. The clear glass is set with a sprig of mistletoe encircled by a garland of white & green complex millefiori canes on a translucent amethyst cushion. 5 + 1 faceting. The flat base has a 78 date cane and is scratch-signed by both Colin...

  • An early lampwork floral study - created by the artist in his studio at Kilwinning. 4 dark-green leaves on the woody stem enhance the cluster of deep-pink blooms. The design is set on a deep-purple base.Next to the stem is a green/white WM signature cane. Although only officially listed in the 1981 brochure, this one has a 79 date cane inserted in the...

  • An underwater scene produced in the artist’s studio at Kilwinning (1979-1981); an encounter between a blue aventurine manta ray - with yellow & black eyes & a long whip-like tail - and a green aventurine fish with a row of yellow spots along both sides of its body. The sandy ocean floor is covered in marine life and sediment. The colour ground is...

  • No. 18 in the brochure issued by the William Manson Paperweight Studio at Kilwinning (1979-1981). Set over a semi-translucent cobalt-blue ground, the butterfly has a green aventurine body, bright-yellow head and antennae. The green/white millefiori canes used for the wings are miniature closepacks, filled with tiny canes. Encircling the butterfly is a...

  • This paperweight - designed by William Manson Snr. - was issued to celebrate the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981. Below the sulphide of the young couple are pink and blue lampwork flowers with green leaves; the stalks are tied with a pink bow. Encircling the design is a spaced garland of 15 blue/white/green/red complex millefiori...

  • Between 1979-1981 in his studio at Kilwinning, William Manson created some extremely complex paperweights like this one with butterflies on 3 different levels. The insects all have green aventurine bodies and yellow antennae. Two have millefiori cane wings - in pink & white and bluish-green & deep-pink; the third has green aventurine wings with an...

  • A floral design produced shortly after the artist returned to work at Caithness Glass. Centring an opaque white ground is a lampworked 5-petalled pink flower. Between the cupped petals - edged in white and set around yellow rod stamen - are russet-coloured leaves. The design is encircled by a continuous garland of pink & white millefiori canes.The...

  • During his career, the artist has designed numerous lizard weights. This is a particularly colourful lizard with a shimmering blue body turning to grey in the long curling tail. The bright-red markings on his head continue as a stripe along both sides of the body into the tail. Such a brightly-coloured fellow has little camouflage amongst the sparse...

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