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Through photographs and anecdotes, Broadway author and director Mark Bramble presents the vast collection of antique tea caddies he and his late mother assembled over more than 5 decades of collecting. Explore the historical and societal atmospheres that engendered such varied styles of caddies and how interest in these treasures, created for storing tea, coincided with the competitive search for the formula to make "true" porcelain. The history behind the tea caddy reinforces the overlap between art and functionality, and how the culture of artistic creation is a random blend of geography, sociology, talent, and luck. In this generous volume, collectors are treated to an endearing reflection on a lifetime hobby of mother and son, whose collection encompasses centuries of worldwide artistic creation.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 435 color images | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764354571

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Mark Bramble is the author and director of many Broadway musicals, including Barnum and the Tony Award winning Best Musical 42nd Street. He began his theatrical career under the mentorship of legendary producer David Merrick, for whom he worked on more than twenty Broadway productions. His many collaborations with Michael Stewart include The Grand Tour with songs by Jerry Herman and the off Broadway opera Elizabeth & Essex. He directed the Broadway and London revivals of 42nd Street and has staged the show all over the world. Mark Bramble was educated at the McDonogh School, Emerson College, and New York University. He received an honorary Doctor of Arts from Washington College, one of America’s oldest colleges.