What Is It? # 8

The painting was a view from Daniele Yonet’s bedroom window in Nancy, France, where she stayed Monday through Friday. Daniele’s single mother was employed in a government office and did not leave work until 7 p.m. (Yonet said that in the “old days” people worked longer hours). During Daniele’s school years, her Aunt Henriette took care of her.

Daniele painted this watercolor, when she was about 18 and at art school. When she was 21, in 1964, she came to visit an aunt in Riverdale, N.Y.

Howard then met her at a party in Manhattan.


(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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2 Responses to What Is It? # 8

  1. Les Rothenberg says:

    Porte de la Craffe in the old town of Nancy, Lorraine. // La Porte de la Craffe dans la vieille ..

  2. M says:

    I have seen this picture in person and LOVE it. The soft colors, the little village homes, all wonderful to look at and appreciate.

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