Extremely  Rare  Representation  of  Reptiles ,

presumably  one & only  of  Ridinger’s  Œuvre

and  adequately  for  Helbing  1900

one  of  the  most  valuable  of  the  set

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). That God is very marvellous in all his works the chameleon teaches … . A lot of amphibians – Thienemann describes, recte reptiles – above (about a third of the sheet) two  chameleons  on branches, one catching a dipterous; below fine perennial plants, on these the common green  lizard , an  Argus  butterfly  in the mouth. Entirely à la de Hamilton, the “animal still-life specialist” and court painter of the Augsburg prince-bishop in whose workshop the young Ridinger possibly has worked. The scenery mountainous, high above on the right extended palace buildings. Etching + engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: XXXVI. / M. El. Ridinger, sp. et exc. A. V., otherwise in German as before and below. 15 × 11¼ in (38.1 × 28.5 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Reptiles

Thienemann + Schwarz 379; Silesian Ridinger Collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1884 ( “Extremely rare”, 1885! ); Reich auf Biehla Collection 121 ( “Extremely rare”, 1894! ); Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger), 895 ( “Very rare”, 1900 ) and within the 43 sheets of the set available to him marked

with  50  Goldmark  and  thus  with  great  margin  to  the  gross  of  others .

Sheet XXXVI 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.

Thematically  extraordinarily  rare  representation

of  also  individually  most  beautiful  image  effect

with 12-lined caption of a C. J. (G. T.?) Christoff, about whom Thienemann sneers not quite justly so it shall be quoted following to the above :

“ … because it is adorned by nature so marvellously that it takes on the smallest trace
of the colours so that they are to be noticed intensely at its body just as in a mirror:
So God expresses his power, his divine true seal into his creation.
Who will go even further will see the same glory in other animals
From eggs become an animal one names lizard;
And that runs with fugitive foot over the lea.
Insects of all kind are its favourite dish:
It lives by others death and still lives to praise God ! ”

Splendidly vibrant warm-toned, wide-margined impression originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman with supposedly watermark WANGEN as one of Ridinger’s preferred firm laid paper qualities

with  the  Roman  number

(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.). – In the white upper margin still both the two pinholes from the original stitching in numbers, at the far left edge narrow fold with little stitching holes from previous binding.

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 bats & frogs.

Offer no. 15,725 / EUR  1300. / export price EUR  1235. (c. US$ 1346.) + shipping

„ Ihre Schriften der (ridinger handlung niemeyer) Nr. 25 ist ein wundervolles Kompendium. Ich danke Ihnen diesmal besonders für die Sendung und bin sehr froh, die Zusammenstellung zu haben … “

(Herr G. K., 25. Dezember 2011)


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