Augsburg’s Cembra Nut — Immortalized by Ridinger
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Small Pointer before Quails. In front of a herm splendidly adorned with arabesques and crowned with the Augsburg coat of arms cembra nut – “the Pyr, once mark of the Roman legionnaires when they pressed northward, but also ancient symbol of fertility”, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Jan. 17, 1985 – amidst sumptuous landscape. In front right grain field. Etching and engraving. Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger inv. del. sc. et exc. A. V., otherwise in German as above. 11½ × 10¼ in (29.2 × 26.1 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 104; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1791 (“Without platemark”, otherwise within 1790 in “a newer impression” only, 1885!); Collection Reich auf Biehla within 17 (in “a new impression” only, 1894).
Final sheet of the unnumbered 4-sheet set of the Pointers, “worked by Ridinger in his best period”. – The old written bistre numbering “26” upper right to the opinion here by Ridinger himself. Schwarz 104a records as variant a copy numbered in print there with “86” as hint for its use as sheet 86 of the Presentation of the Wondrous Stags and other Animals instead of the otherwise regular “Well-Trained Pointer as it stands before Partridges” as work of 1766 by the son Martin Elias after his father’s design of 1757 as variant of the 3rd sheet of the set of Pointers (Large Pointer standing for Partridges, Th. 103). – Watermark noticeable in outline.
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