Hunting Travels 280 Years Ago
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Stag has been shot by Duke Charles Alexander of Wurttemberg in a Hunt near Barackin in the kingdom of Serbia in 1728. The two antlers ending bell-shaped, below these two points each. Toned lithograph by Hermann Menzler printed by A. Hölzer for L. J. Heymann, both Berlin. (1863-65.) Inscribed: Gez. v. J. E. Ridinger, lith. v. H. Menzler, otherwise in German as above. 13¼ × 9⅛ in (33.7 × 23.1 cm).
(Joh. El. Ridinger’s Hunting Album) III/20. – Cf. Thienemann 251. – From the “(Collection of Rare Deer Antlers Abnormities and Deer Pictures)” listed as 3rd part. – The whole rare set almost unknown to literature and comprising 80 leaves, though practically to be completed just peu à peu. In the pictorial effect corresponding to that of the aquatint technique not used by Ridinger anymore. – On buff paper. – Slightly foxing, from the front perceptible in the wide white margin only though. In this larger water spot lower right.
After sheet 9 of the set of the Most Wondrous Deer, but especially in regard of the quite independent pictorial effect as a result of the lithographic technique a
very fine addition for any collection
as Menzler frequently condensed the essential.
Offer no. 12,420 / EUR 343. / export price EUR 326. (c. US$ 413.) + shipping
Presently available here :
77 (of 80) tinted lithographs
in optically quite particular-fine garb
as well as
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