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Offline Frank

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Gray Stan update
« on: January 09, 2008, 05:27:00 PM »
While scanning old large format transparencies I rediscovered a 1989 image of my blue and white Gray-Stan Goblet. It was about 8 inches 200mm high and signed. So I was able to replace the tiny grainy polaroid scan at last.

There will be more Gray-Stan added one day... just time  :)

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Re: Gray Stan update
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2008, 07:09:27 AM »
On Mrs Graydon-Stannus:
Born Elizabeth Graydon Smith, she was, I recall, a granddaughter of Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus, who wrote the still-in-print "Memoirs of a Highland Lady". As such she was a cousin of Lytton Strachey & Duncan Grant and was thus related to the Bloomsbury group. She married Stannus (see "Burke's Irish Gentry").  She was artistic herself, and a good singer. One of her daughters was Dame Ninette de Valois (born Edris Stannus), and one of her sons was Gordon Anthony (also born Stannus), the protrait and ballet photographer and sometime antique dealer (he once had a shop in Camden Passage and later worked in Brighton).
It was he who told me that Graystan glass had begun by accident and mistake.  I recall that he was aware of Mrs Stannus's attempts to reproduce Waterford glass, and he suggested that since she liked the mistakes made while producing the glass, she encouraged them.

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Re: Gray Stan update
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2008, 10:46:25 AM »
Hello exhall and welcome to the board.

You appear to have background information to the Gray-stan story. Since it is difficult in the extreme to find any information on this particularly small, but important British glass producer it would be good to record your knowledge - either on these boards, or else by other means.

If the latter, perhaps you could contact me? As other members of the board are aware I have a strong interest in Nazeing Glass, but have also been trying to record information about Gray-stan.

Thanks, Nigel

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