The “very rare”
Casuar contra Lynx
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Brought into plight and fear here the Casuar stands. On an elevated viewpoint of a sovereign landscape defending himself against lynx of which one of the latters has been finished. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: XXVII. / Joh. El. Ridinger inv. et del. / Mart. El. Ridinger, sculps. A.V., otherwise in German as below. 11¾ × 9¾ in (29.9 × 24.6 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 370; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1880 ( “Rare”, 1885 ); Reich auf Biehla Collection 114 ( “Newer impression” only, 1894); Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger), 886 ( “Very rare”, 1900 ). – Cf. the pen-and-ink drawing in Weigel’s catalog of bequeathed drawings of 1869, Ridinger appendix, 395.
Arched top sheet XXVII of the 46-sheet set To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt (“The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt 1928) etched exclusively by Martin Elias after predominantly his father’s designs and concluded in 1779.
At which not only after realization here Martin Elias’ impact on the Ridinger œuvre is much larger than that of an engaged co-worker as engraver only. Already at an age of thirty he just acted as a spiritus rector behind the scene ensuring that sets were completed or, as here, published posthumously.
And as Wolf Stubbe (Joh. El. Ridinger, 1966, pp. 16 f. + pl. 34), going in medias res, celebrates Th. 722, The Wild Bison and the Crocodile, from the Fights of Killing Animals as an artistic zenith of the late work in respect of its luminous efficiency, he pays tribute together, because judging by the plate, not the drawing, to Martin Elias as the etcher/engraver of that work. An aspect illustrating deeply the Ridinger teamwork. – With 6-lined caption:
“ Brought into plight and fear here the Casuar stands,
The Lynxes threaten him with death and destruction
He takes on without fear and defies the danger;
For he knows his might – Yet not the enemies’ partiality;
To subsist their life on preying other animals.
So innocent blood has to cool by savage rage. ”
Wide-margined impression originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman on firm laid paper with typographic watermark
with the Roman number
(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.). – The plumage overinked. In the white upper margin still both the two pinholes from the original stitching in numbers.
The set itself “arranged almost throughout so that always two by two harmonize with each other and form pendants, just as they have been sold in pairs, too” (Th.). Here thus with the ostrich pursued by wolves.
Offer no. 15,718 / EUR 590. / export price EUR 561. (c. US$ 704.) + shipping
– – – The pair XXVI/XXVII in evenly slightly silver-toned impressions. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 14,123 / EUR 1380. / export price EUR 1311. (c. US$ 1644.) + shipping
„ Das Bild ist heute zu meiner vollsten Zufriedenheit eingetroffen … Für die reibungslose und prompte Lieferung dankend, verbleibt mit den besten Endjahreswünschen, freundlichst Ihr … “
(Herr K. v. F., 16. Dezember 2008)