Lot 12
  • 12

Raphael von Ambros

100,000 - 150,000 GBP
162,500 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Raphael von Ambros
  • The Baker's Shop, Cairo
  • signed and dated R. Ambros. Paris. 89. lower right
  • oil on panel


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).