|| "I think I was born four centuries too late," says Gabriel Crotti. Born in the Italian alps, Gabe was transplanted to the USA at age 7. He grew up in San Francisco's North Beach where, as a child, he threw rotten tomatoes at artist Benny Bufano from his second floor flat. When Gabe became an educator, he made amends by calling his high school art club "The Friends of Bufano".
After retiring as school principal of Archbishop Riordan High, Gabe has relished his avocation as a collector of art, especially California art.
Gabe has a deep appreciation of skill and craftsmanship, especially for items carved from wood. He has a major collection of carved wooden figurines from ANRI, a famous Italian company.
Some of his collections, including wooden carved bottle stoppers and hand-carved figurines are for sale at Mr. Ryder Antiques, along with an eclectic mix of other treasures from the past.
Gabe lives with his wife Patti in Sebastopol.
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