William Manson Phoenix Limited Edition FP13 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight. This paperweight has a paneled millefiori design with seven panels of 1-1-2-3 millefiori and an outer circle of millefiori on an opaque green ground. The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 75 paperweights of which this is number 25. It is signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 25/75" on the base.
Perfect condition with certificate (#25/75) in the original (slightly torn) Phoenix gift box. This is the domed example. Phoenix Paperweights was a small company started by William Manson Sr. To engage three workers from Perthshire after Perthshire closed in January 2002.
They only lasted a year and issued paperweights in 2002 and 2003 before closing in August 2003. Phoenix operated in the Manson works in Perth, Scotland. The glass workers were William Manson Sr. David McNichol (paperweight maker), Duncan Smith (lampworking), and Gordon Taylor (glass cutter). Some of the lampwork was also done by Rosette Fleming.
The 2003 Phoenix catalog lists William Manson Paperweights as the distributor. Started his glass working career at Caithness Glass at the age of 15 in the 1960s. He apprenticed with Paul Ysart. Manson left Caithness in 1971 to work at Ysart's Harland Glass and rejoined Caithness several years later in 1974. He was at Caithness on and off between 1974 and 1997 when he left for good to form his own studio William Manson Paperweights.His son William Manson, Jr. Started making paperweights alongside his father starting in 1992.
Made collaborative paperweights with John Deacons. Large Size: 2 7/8" diameter by just under 2" high.The base is ground flat. Condition: Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. Signature: Signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 25/75" on the base. This paperweight comes with its original certificate and slightly worn box.
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