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Johann Elias Ridinger, Trace of the Wild Tomcat

At  a  Sportsman’s
I  saw  it  in  the  Gentlemen’s  Room

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Trace of the Wild Tomcat. In original mixed forest landscape on a stone pedestal in twisted position

“ licking  his  posterior , to  report  respectfully ”

(Th.). Below the picture the life size traces on hard ground & fugitive on soft ground, numbered for claws, impression of toes & pad. Etching and engraving. (1740.) Inscribed: 18. / Joh. El. Ridinger inven. delineav. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindelic., otherwise in German as above. 14¾ × 11⅞ in (37.3 × 30.2 cm).

ILLUSTRATION OF THE FAIR GAME XVIII. – Thienemann + Schwarz 180. – Deviating from the preparatory drawing Sälzle, facsimile edition of all drawings of the set, 1980, pp. 56 f., in which the tomcat is occupied with a captured snipe-like bird.

Very fine, quite uniformly harmonious impression – though probably only from late 18th/early 19th century – on strong laid paper with outstandingly wide margins and in such sheet size of 20 × 16¾ in (50.7 × 42.6 cm comparable to the loose copy of the Schwerdt Collection (vol. III, page 137: “Fine impressions”, 20¼ × 10¼ in [51.3 × 36 cm] sheet size). – Of impeccable freshness with slight traces of previous binding on the left and therefore preserved without change & framing, as had been present here once before in the mid-80s.

Offer no. 15,338 / EUR  670. / export price EUR  637. (c. US$ 799.) + shipping

– – – The same in uniquely beautiful impression with watermark supposedly legible as FAI and FIAT as countermark of the Wangen paper mill as one of the sturdy laid paper qualities preferred by Ridinger. – Margins above & below 3.3-4.8 cm wide, on the left 1.2, on the right 0.2-0.3 cm margin resp., each in addition to the wide white platemark. – Upper & lower margin faintly foxstippled. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,795 / EUR  630. / export price EUR  599. (c. US$ 751.) + shipping


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