The December 15th Rare & Important Art Nouveau Posters auction features many masterworks by Alphonse Mucha, including posters of Job, Salon des Cent and The Seasons, both in calendar form and as decorative panels. The sale also includes a unique work by the artist, a pastel drawing of a lady in a hat. The exceptional portrait of an unidentified woman—likely the wife of one of Mucha's benefactors—displays his skill as a draftsman. The pastel appeared in a Mucha exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery in London in 1963.
Alphonse Mucha, [Portrait of a Lady in a Hat], pastel on paper, 1904. Estimate: $30,000 to $40,000.