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signed and dated L. Deutsch 1891 lower right

oil on panel

55 by 46cm., 21½ by 18in.

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The panel is flat, even, and ensuring a stable support.

The paint surface is stable.

Inspection under ultra-violet light reveals a layer of residual varnish which prevents UV from fully penetrating. However, what appears like old spots of retouching are visible in the door to the right and in the standing woman's dress. One small area is also visible in the centre of the lower framing edge.

Otherwise this work is in very good condition and is ready to hang.

Presented in a decorative gilt frame.

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Mathaf Gallery, London

Purchased from the above 

Caroline Juler, Najd Collection of Orientalist Paintings, London, 1991, p. 38, catalogued & illustrated, p. 41, cited

On the streets of old Cairo in the shade of a gnarled tree, a vendor spoons sahlab or salep into a cup for a fellaheen woman and her child, while a Nubian man and two seated girls drink thirstily. A traditional Egyptian drink popular in winter, sahlab was made by bringing to the boil a mixture of milk, sugar, and orchid tuber powder. The hydrating beverage, which is still enjoyed to this day, would then be served hot with a topping of cinnamon, coconut or nuts.

A related, earlier version of this work, painted in 1886, was sold at Christie’s London in 2005. For both versions, Deutsch would have relied on photographs of individual figures as study aids; however, in the finished compositions, these observations are blended seamlessly to bring the scene alive.