“ … and  have  such  sharp  arms  on  them ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Sangliers de cinq ans portent les defenses d’un doigt de longueur et de plus qui sont fort trenchantes. Boars of Five Years carry their tusks one Finger long and more which are very sharp. Three of them in splendid forest lair, the boar in the center rubbing his rind at a mighty double trunk. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 15 / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inven. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin & below. 13½ × 16¾ in (34.3 × 42.4 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Boars of Five Years

Thienemann + Schwarz 210. – Sheet 15 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. – Reverse detail drawing of the boar from 1735 in Hamburg Kunsthalle. – Margins on three sides 3.5-4, above 2.3 cm wide. In the left margin of the subject slight trace of box pleat, torn and backed below up to the last line of text. Verso there trace of a removed adhesive tape as well as scribbles by a collector’s grandson. A little backed tear also in the white upper margin. At the right lower edge faint fold outside of the text field.

“ Can one dare approaching without danger the wild boars , which appear quite alive here and have such sharp arms on them? … Pleasure and fear seems to mate in the thick bush … ”


– 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


and in such quality rare since 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 in the Silesian collection 1885 at Boerner, 1889 with Coppenrath, 1894 with Reich auf Biehla.

Offer no. 15,488 / EUR  1050. / export price EUR  998. (c. US$ 1087.) + shipping

„ nachdem die wunderbare Stangenabwurf-Folge (Wintter’s Aufsezen oder wachstum des Hirschgeweihes hiesiger Lieferung) nun meine Wand ziert, habe ich zwei (Desiderata-)Bitten an Sie. Es fehlt mir … Können Sie mir behilflich sein? “

(Herr C. R., 28. Januar 2015)


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