“I joke that my style reflects my ADD; it’s a mix that transcends styles, generations, and degrees of formality,” says aesthete, businessman, and curator Michael Polenske, who wears too many hats to list them all here. “I celebrate the perfection of imperfection: when pieces show their age and are pulled together with both confidence and nonchalance.” Polenske is the founder of the idyllic Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, an aspirational, edited setting reminiscent of a private club that includes an art, design, and wine-tasting gallery with an outdoor sculpture garden.
Antique French farm and cow countryside oil painting.
Depicts cows in a pond grazing with country farm cottage surrounding landscape. Unsigned and unframed. Some paint loss and restoration.
Oil-on-canvas portrait of a French woman, c. 1900.
According to the inscription on the back of the frame, the portrait is of Mathilde Desclaux born Arnaud Vialatte. Not signed or dated. Repair on the right side; some crazing commensurate with ...