The 95 lots will include drawings from a number of designated consignors including the Cornelia Bessie Estate. Among them is this 9½x 7½in (24 x 19cm) red chalk drawing of a young woman sleeping on a chair by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806).
Described by the auction house as “quintessential Fragonard”, the drawing belongs to a group of studies of young women executed as independent works, depicted standing or seated, sometimes surrounded by vegetation or in an interior.
The drawing was given to Bessie by her mother Kate Schaeffer in 1982 as a Christmas gift. It has an estimate of $300,000-500,000.