Sotheby's upcoming sale of American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture encompasses a broad range of styles, from nineteenth-century landscapes to the realist works of Andrew Wyeth. A number of rare modern American pieces, which have been off the market for decades, highlight the sale. Two major works by Georgia O'Keeffe, Black Petunia and White Morning Glory I, 1926 and Inside Clam Shell, 1930, are from her ground-breaking New York period as she pushed abstraction in new directions. Stuart Davis's Café, Place des Vosges, from the collection of Carolyn and Roger Horchow, dates from the artist's year-long sojourn to Paris and his return to the Cubist-inspired imagery of his earlier New York cityscapes.
Marsden Hartley's Berlin Series, No.1, also from the Horchow collection, is one of Hartley's earliest pictures done in Berlin and relates to his seminal Amerika series, which, along with his German officer series, launched Hartley onto the international stage of modernism. The works of the American Impressionists are represented by John Singer Sargent's watercolor In a Gondola (Jane de Glehn), painted during the sitter's honeymoon in Venice and given to the couple as a gift; and Mary Cassatt's pastel Margot in White, which depicts a young child in one of the fashionable oversized hats the artist favored. Among the nineteenth-century works on offer is Martin Johnson Heade's Two Sun Angel Hummingbirds on a Branch New Two Orchids, a delicate balance of landscape and still-life that represents Heade's self-proclaimed 'monomaniacal' fascination with hummingbirds.