Johann Elias Ridinger, The Tiger=animals (recte Jaguar)

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Les Tigres n’ont que 2. ou 4. petits et encore plus qui sont aveugles com(m)e tous les autres Bétes de proye, ils deviennent à l’age de 40. ans. The Tiger=animals have 2. to 4. and more cubs, which are brought forth blind as all predatory animals; they shall grow an age of up to 40. years. Recte supposedly the Jaguar (“… as one not yet knew to distinguish properly between leopards and tigers”, B. Vignier 1676) in a couple with two sucking cubs in rock ambience. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest: / I. El. Ridinger inv. delin. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13⅝ × 16¾ in (34.5 × 42.7 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 233. – Sheet 38 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. – Margins on three sides 4-4.7, above 1.5 cm wide.

“ Even though Ridinger pronounces leopard and tiger as identical in pl. 34., he nevertheless represents here again a large kind of cats which he … calls tiger … (yet) it rather seems to be the jaguar … ” (Th.). And Brockes:

“ The dreadful=beautiful tiger=animals , can inspire delight=at the same time also terror . Their fine skin tempts us , yet a vicious scowl … drives even the most courageous back. Admire you who sees this , how far here art extends , as one discovers in few dark lines , the tiger=spirit in the eye … How terrible these animals now , how furious the rage , how great the strength … God has subjected them to us still , man knows to master them nonetheless . What cannot the tiger=hides , by treatment be profitable for us ! They serve us for ornament and splendor , they can protect us from cold … ”

Early  impression  before  the  numbering  as  unbeknownst  to  literature

of  shining-marvelous  quality & therefore  rarity ,

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 in the rich Silesian collection 1885 at Boerner and at least without platemark also 1889 with Coppenrath or one even could get hold of the sheets as new impressions of about 1850 only as including present one 1894 with Reich auf Biehla.

Offer no. 15,412 / EUR  870. / export price EUR  827. (c. US$ 1000.) + shipping

– – – The same. Margins above & below 2.3-2.9, laterally 3.4-4.3 cm wide. – On the left in the rock unsuspicious little worm-hole. On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson. – Early impression before the numbering as unbeknownst to literature of likewise shining-marvelous quality and therefore rarity.

Offer no. 15,601 / EUR  870. / export price EUR  827. (c. US$ 1000.) + shipping

– – – The same as impression of shining-marvelous quality of the final state with the number “38.” above right with extremely wide white margins still with the two parallel pricks of the installment stitching in the left margin as well as figurative and faint typographic watermark. – More …

Offer no. 28,094 / EUR  660. / export price EUR  627. (c. US$ 758.) + shipping

“ Many thanks for your message. Thank you very much for sending the (Anthonie) Waterloo … I am grateful to you for the opportunity to buy the etching. It was interesting to learn about its provenance … The Waterloo etching arrived safely today, beautifully wrapped. Thank you very much indeed ”

(Mr. M. L., April 24 and 29 resp. and May 6, 2003)


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