Tony Buccola travels to Italy several times a year to scour the countryside and cities for unique items to fill his store, Antonio's Bella Casa, a southern California European-antiques shop. He also works closely with Italian artisans who create hand-carved wood lighting rich with patina finishes. Ten years (and dozens of forty-foot containers) later, he still gets the same rush every time he steps off the plane. “I am one of the lucky ones,” he says. “I love what I do and do what I love.”
Copeland Spode blue-and-white platter from the Caramanian series.
The central scene is "Antique Fragments at Limisso," but made with the juxtaposed border from the Italian pattern. Made circa 1900. Maker's mark on back. Light wear, crazing.