“ … points no other ever has matched ”
The Brandenburg 66-Pointer in Moritzburg
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Stag of 66. Points His Majest. Frederick I King in Prussia (recte at that time still Elector Frederick III of Brandenburg) has shot himself in the District Fursten Walde the 12th of September in the Year 1696. Resting broadly in profile to the right at the edge of a wood before far clearing. Dynamic cloud formation. Etching & engraving. C. 1738. Inscribed: 5. / Joh. E. Ridinger del. sculps. et excudit Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 37.4 x 29.5 cm.
Thienemann + Schwarz 247; Ralf Giermann, … (The Royal Hunting Seats Hubertusburg and Moritzburg), & Ulrich Pietsch, (Hunt Report in Porcelain) …, both in Pietsch (ed.), (Porcelain Parforce), 2005, pp. 23 ff. & 37 together with illustrations; Klaus Lochmann, (A Ridinger it should be – 300 Years Joh. El. Ridinger), in unsere Jagd, XLVIII/4, p. 35 (ills. of Menzler’s lithograph after R.); Ridinger catalog Kielce, 1997, 96 with ills.; R. cat. Darmstadt, 1999, VI.13 with ills. – Sheet 5 of the Wondrous Stags. – Margins below 2.5 cm wide, on three sides 0.8-1.2 cm and here agemarked up to some tear-offs outside the platemark as well as one tear.
“ … a present of King Frederick William I of Brandenburg-Prussia (Soldier-king, to Augustus II, the Strong, of Saxony) late 1727 for the decoration of the palace (Moritzburg). No other antlers should have obtained greater popularity in the European history of the hunt.
The singularity of the number of points
could be reached only by arbitrary counting
… Even an about four meter high stone monument was erected in 1707 in the vicinity of Briesen in today’s district Fürstenwalde, at the place of the killing … ”
“ … during the 18th and 19th centuries illustrated again and again. Ridinger may have known the form of the antlers through the famous engraving by Konstantin Friedrich Blesendorff (1674 Berlin 1754) after a design (by his father) Samuel B. (1633 Berlin 1706) ”
(Stefan Morét in Catalog Darmstadt).
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