Lot 12
  • 12

Raphael von Ambros

100,000 - 150,000 GBP
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  • Raphael von Ambros
  • The Baker's Shop, Cairo
  • signed and dated R. Ambros. Paris. 89. lower right
  • oil on panel
  • 38.5 by 47cm., 15¼ by 18½in.


Private collection, UK

Catalogue Note

In common with his fellow Austrian Orientalist painters Arthur von Ferraris (lot 2) and Charles Wilda (lot 7), von Ambros established his reputation as a masterful observer of scenes of everyday life in Cairo, painted with the greatest attention to verisimilitude and detail.   Here,  a woman wearing a black niqāb and a lapis lazuli necklace serves refreshments of freshly baked Egyptian flat bread known as aish baladi and bowls of milk or water bread to passers-by. Opening on to the street, her stall offers other local produce, including eggs and vegetables.

Like Wilda, Ludwig Deutsch, and Rudolf Ernst, von Ambros settled in Paris where he found a ready market for his Egyptian subjects. Inspired by his first hand observations during his travels, he was aided by sketches and no doubt by photography (fig. 1).