The Forester from the Tyrolese Lake Inn

— Lake Wild-See near Seefeld ? —

for Helbing 1900 one of the most valuable sheets of the set

And 1971 for Walter Kempowski an Aperçu to his Novel

Ridinger, Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780). In the Tÿrol at the Lake Inn (Lake Wild-See near Seefeld?) it happened as I as forest keeper there took a walk early in the morning that I encountered a so-called white-tailed eagle (Th.: cormorant) with its young ones of which in this moment a large bird of prey (Th.: white-tailed eagle) tried to take a young one, and really took away. The forest keeper with his dog on the right among trees and shrubs, the attack/defence over the water near the lakeside, at the distant shore a church. Etching with engraving after assumedly own design. Inscribed: XXXI. / M. E. Ridinger. sc: A. V., otherwise in German as before. 9¾ × 13⅛ in (24.6 × 33.3 cm).

Martin Elias Ridinger, In the Tÿrol at Lake Inn (Wildsee near Seefeld?)

Thienemann + Schwarz 374; Reich auf Biehla Collection 116 ( “Extremely rare”, 1894! ); Hamminger Collection 1620 (only within his set complete except for two, including “some sheets with caption only and mounted. Including very rare sheets”, 1895!); Helbing XXXIV, Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, 890 ( „Very rare“, 1900! ). – Missing as well in the 1885 Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX as 1889/90 the Coppenrath sale.

Sheet XXXI 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; the

Tyrolese  Lake  Inn  scenery

marked  by  Helbing  with  50  Goldmark

and  thus  a  great  margin  to  the  gross  of  the  other  42 ) ,

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 Buffalo 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.

Johann Elias’ hand as draughtsman in this case not supported by his inscription, yet, though regarded by Thienemann as rough,

thematically  very  fine  and  in  regard  of  the  place  very  rare .

Compiling recourses of Martin Elias appear possible with one or another sheet of this set.

To  our  Tyrolese  lake , however ,

and Ridinger’s caption to present sheet quoted verbatim without reference

to source/title Walter Kempowski’s (Rostock 1929 – Rotenburg/Wümme 2007) attention was directed within his novel Tadellöser & Wolff, published 1971 and 1975 made into a two-part film by ZDF, Germany’s second channel TV broadcast, “in which the author digests memories of his childhood and youth in the years 1938 till 1945. The work … forms the fourth part of his 9-volume Deutsche Chronik“ (Wikipedia Feb. 9, 2017) as a story of the decline of German middle class in the 20th century by means of his own family’s history, with the title, following a phrase of his father’s, Karl Kempowski, derived from Löser & Wolff, the Berlin-Elbing cigar and tobacco producer established 1865 and temporarily largest in Europe.

Lars Bardram describes and illustrates the sheet by means of the copy here as passage annotation (2017) to page 348 of the novel, the interleaved copy of which in the Kempowski Archive in Berlin.

Wide-margined impression originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman on firm laid paper as Ridinger’s preferred quality

with  the  Roman  number

(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.). – Margins above & below 2.5-5.8 cm, laterally 6.6-6.7 cm wide. In the white left far margin utterly unessential partial faint little foxing spots in the margins. There also 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 attack of a white-tailed eagle on a wild (whooper?) swan in the Lake Ammergau in Bavaria.

Offer no. 15,720 / EUR  1100. / export price EUR  1045. (c. US$ 1208.) + shipping

– – – The same, but with laterally 5.5, otherwise 2.3-3 cm particularly below less wide-margined. – The slight browning on the back shining through only minimally in the wide margin.

Offer no. 14,652 / EUR  946. / export price EUR  899. (c. US$ 1039.) + shipping

„ danke für die prompte Lieferung der beiden hübschen Cassas-Blätter (von Antiochia). Den Überweisungsauftrag gab ich gestern zur Bank. Viele Grüße und ein schönes Wochenende … “

(Herr K. O., 6. Februar 2009)


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