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RAPHAEL VON AMBROS | AWAITING THE PRAYER

RAPHAEL VON AMBROS | AWAITING THE PRAYER

RAPHAEL VON AMBROS | AWAITING THE PRAYER

RAPHAEL VON AMBROS

Austrian

1845-1895

AWAITING THE PRAYER 


signed, inscribed and dated R. Ambros PARIS 87 upper left

oil on panel 

49 by 31.5cm., 19¼ by 12½in.


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The panel is somewhat convexly bowed in the upper right. However, it appears to be providing stable support.

The paint surface is clean and stable.

Inspection under ultra violet light reveals some scattered spots of cosmetic retouching, including within and around the incense burner, in the arm and head of the sitting man, and some finely applied in-painting in the background in the upper right quadrant.

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


Presented in a decorative gilt frame.


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Please note the amended title for this lot.

Seated on an Ottoman mother-of-pearl inlaid calligrapher's chest, a Nubian guard - inlaid flintlock gun in hand - awaits the hour of prayer: to judge by the mosaic panel, inside the Mausoleum of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun in Cairo. In the foreground, a large copper incense burner emits delicate curls of smoke, while in the background two rays of sun hit the marble threshold to the entrance. The guard's iridescent green silk green gown mirrors the jade green incense holder beneath the burner. 


The minute detail and photographic realism of this tranquil scene are testament to the artist's academic training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, then in Vienna under Hans Makart, and finally in Paris where he was influenced by the work of Jean-Léon Gérôme and of Ludwig Deutsch, who had settled in Paris in 1878. The parallels between the work of the latter and that of von Ambros are striking not only in the application of colour and in technique, but also in the choice of subject.