“ Is  it  possible  to  see  a  Grunting? … ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Une Laie avec ses Marcassins dans son bouge. A Wild Sow with her Young Ones or Piglets in the Lair. Of the latter there are seven. On small clearing amidst mighty trunks leafy to the ground. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 13 / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. Elias Ridinger inven. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13½ × 16¾ in (34.4 × 42.6 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, A Wild Sow with her Young Ones or Piglets in the Lair

Thienemann + Schwarz 208. – Sheet 13 of the STUDY OF THE WILD ANIMALS with the caption of the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German. – With WANGEN watermark as so characteristic for contemp. impressions. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back. The partial faint margin foxing practically perceptible at all in the white upper margin only.

“ Is it possible to see a grunting? … that both of this is possible this sheet can show to us. Is not this wild sow almost alive? does not she cover so naturally and so carefully her breed, which half wild and half droll? … ”

Painterly-fine  sheet

– not by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the  indisputably  “most  important  Augsburg  landscapist  of this time” – of this wanted, by Ridinger, however, clearly neglected species compared with his red deer in with 3-4 cm

wide-margined  splendid  impression  of  marvelous  chiaroscuro

and in such quality rare of old, for even in exemplary old Ridinger collections the old impressions of particularly this so fine large-sized main set frequently figure as closely trimmed, damaged, and fully mounted. So including present one 1889 with Coppenrath & 1894 with Reich auf Biehla, while it was entirely missing in the Silesian collection 1885 at Boerner.

Offer no. 15,407 / EUR  1100. / export price EUR  1045. (c. US$ 1158.) + shipping

– – – The same. Margins above & below 2.9-3.1, laterally 3.7-4.3 cm wide. – In the white upper margin left small backed tear, in the caption on the left quite faint touch of creasing. On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson. – Of shining-marvelous quality and therefore rarity.

Offer no. 15,586 / EUR  1150. / export price EUR  1093. (c. US$ 1211.) + shipping

„ … Die (vom Schwiegervater geerbten Par force-Jagd) Ridinger … habe ich in meinem Arbeitszimmer bestens neben einem Gobelin plaziert und möchte sie nicht mehr verkaufen. Besten Dank und ein Kompliment an Ihr Haus, dass Sie nach so vielen Jahren noch an mich gedacht haben “

(Herr K.-A. H., 2. Februar 2004)


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