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Graystan Glass: A short explanation:

Graystan or (later) Gray-stan glass was made at the London (UK) studio of Mrs Elizabeth Graydon-Stannus between 1922 and 1936. It is usually clearly marked.

Mrs Graydon-Stannus was born in Ireland in 1873, married and moved to London in her late twenties and set up a gallery selling antique glass (in Earls Court). She wrote a book "Old Irish Glass" in 1920, became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 1922 set up her glassmaking studio initially specialising in what she termed "New Irish glass".

Her book was criticised for inaccuracies about Irish glass, and she was also criticised for reproducing old glass. Even in recent times Charles Hajdamach wrote (1987) that she "confused collectors by making deliberate fakes or 'enhancing' original glasses with new cutting or engraving".

This may be unfair, as she was at pains to point out that her glass used traditional Irish recipes and designs, but modern "Irish" creativity. And so far as we know, it was always marked, either with the studio name or the name of the glass artist.

Old Irish recipes and designs were only the start of the Graystan production. In 1925 Mrs. Graydon-Stannus moved her glass studio to Battersea and widened the range of glass made.

She started with around 12 glassworkers making hand-blown pieces to their own designs, and soon grew to a staff of 37.


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References and Sources:
1: British Glass Between the Wars by Roger Dodsworth, 1987.
2: Glass: Art Nouveau to Art Deco, by Victor Arwas, Academy Editions, 1987.
3: An Illustrated Dictionary of Glass by Harold Newman 1987.
4: Glasmarken Lexikon 1600-1945 by Carolus Hartmann, 1999.
5: British Glass 1800-1914 by Charles R. Hajdamach, 1991.
6: Decorative Victorian Glass by Cyril Manley, 1981.
7: 20th Century Factory Glass by Lesley Jackson, 2000.

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