Tony Wons Folk Art Sculpture of Unusual Figure in Suit | 1950s
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Here we have an amazing and unusual folk art wood sculpture of a strange looking bloke in a suit and bowtie by legendary 1930s radio personality Tony Wons. Wrap your head around that one! This wooden fella has a look and a stance that commands the room....then he'll wonder what everyone's looking at. He's a looker! The execution is incredible, all the way down to the bowtie and hands shoved into the side pockets. Folk art at its finest.
Here's more background about the infamous radio host turned folk artist, courtesy of the Old Time Radio website: https://www.otrcat.com/p/tony-wons-scrapbook
Tony Wons was a popular personality during the depression receiving 2,000 fan letters a week. Anthony "Tony" Wons was also known as "scrapbookman" as he collected works of writing from Shelley, Whitman, and other great writers. He also took suggestions from the fans of his show. Tony Wons Scrapbook is a conversational show and he is like an old friend who stops by for a chat. He often asked the listening audience "Are you listening?"
Here are a couple other websites about him, here and here.
He actually carved violins for music students after he moved back to Wisconsin! I mean, C'mon. The rare folk art sculpture comes out of the family's estate in Wisconsin. The piece was likely created in the late 1940s or early 50s, and is initialed "T.W." on then bottom.
The sculpture stands 10" tall, 5" wide and 2 1/2" deep. There is perfect surface patina throughout the piece. The front of the right show is missing, sliced cleanly strange enough. He's very solid and awesome. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
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