Thanks for the explaination and direction to the site suggested.
Some clarification appears necessary in view of the strange reaction to my request for info. My name is Andy McConnell and I am a full-time writer/historian/journalist/researcher specialising in glass. My book, 'The Decanter, An Illustrated History of Glass from 1650', will be published by the Antique Collecors' Club next month, and will be the largest volume it has ever published. The result of seven years full-time research and writing, it comprises 150,000 words illustrated by around 800 mages of around 2,500 examples on 600 or so pages. I also write reguarly for a variety of magazines.
That said, and having read EG-S's bio posted on the glass encyclopaedia, there is more more to the lady in question that meets the eye. It appears almost certain that she was a faker as when the collection of one of her best customers, Walter Harding [acquired from her shop at a cost of Â£13,000] was sold at Sotheby's after his death, it raised a total of Â£900!
At her speech to the Royal Society of Arts in 1926, she vehmently denied having been a faker but admitted owning old Irish glass moulds and having tried to replicate the hue of 'old Irish glass'.
I understand that she embelished true antique Irish glass with 'improved' cutting and engraving and made new pieces. The Bodlean Library's example of her book, 'Irish Glass', has a sticker on the cover that states; 'Use with caution, contains many factual errors'. The book contains some real stinkers as illustrations, including some ramshackled chandeliers and a canoe-shaped bowl without its stand and polished off, yet presented a legit.
Her nefarious output was entirely aside from her Graystan production, which was clearly legit and which I am not questioning.
That said, and hoping not to provoke some any further angry responses, I would love to receive further info that adds to the above. Does anyone know, for instance, anything about the glasshouse that she is said to have operated in Normandy [?] to produce Lalique-esque glass before starting up Graystan?
Further, was much Graystan glass cut and engraved? The few examples I've seen look Monart-esque, with swirling motted colours but no cutting. And yet she employed at least one cutter at her works, as I understand it.
With fingers crossed.....