What is it? #16

The first photo is of a hand-carved horse and cowboy. He is wearing denims and leather chaps and has leather gear. I bought it at Salvation Army. It’s fairly old and probably carved in the West somewhere – maybe by a cowboy on the lone prairie.

The second photo is a carving of a forest animal. It could be a beaver or wolverine. It was brought to the West Coast by a relocated Bostonian who sold it because he was trying to make his rent.

Both are good examples of American folk-art.



(Editor’s note: Palisades resident Howard Yonet has an interesting collection of curios from around the world and with his permission, Circling the News is publishing one a week. About the collector: Dr. Howard Yonet was born in Brooklyn in 1934 and attended Brooklyn College. He went to Baylor Medical School and then returned to do an internship at Bellevue Hospital. Yonet completed his residency at the Manhattan V.A. and the Montefiore Hospital. During this time he went skiing in Vermont and the Catskills, and while traveling found barns filled with early American pieces. This led to his interest in American Antiques.

In 1965, he married Daniele, who was originally from Nancy, France. During the Vietnam War, Yonet was drafted as a medical officer and stationed in Landstuhl, Germany (1966-1969). This was close to the French border, which meant he and Daniele and could visit her family.

While abroad, the Yonets took weekend trips through France and Italy, purchasing many interesting pieces at flea markets.

The family settled in Pacific Palisades in 1970 and Yonet practiced general radiology until 2006. He continued to acquire antiques and collectables at estate and garage sales and the Salvation Army Store. He also enjoyed looking for collectibles while traveling in Montana, Idaho, Colorado and Massachusetts. Daniele’s family helped add to his collection.)







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One Response to What is it? #16

  1. M says:

    I love the cowboy on the horse…..How big is it?

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