“ … and a Stocking of Otter Hide
soothe Podagra Aches ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Loutres ont 3. ou 4. petis se multiplient a l’age de 2. ans et deviennent plus grandes. The Otter have 3-4 Young Ones; get the ability to breed in the next year; growing up larger and larger. 5-headed family dispersed at a waterfall. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 28. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger invent. delin. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13⅝ × 16¾ in (34.7 × 42.5 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 223. – Sheet 28 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. – The beautiful sheet in
splendidly fine , warm-toned impression
with fine little margins all around. – Quite feeble brown spot in the outermost corner of the white margin below right.
“ Who would not admire the cave ! Who would not delight his sight at the underground landscape of frightful beauty ! … Look how lively everything is ! Look how the otter couple eats fish so naturally ! … how this animal , for its nourishment , is formed quite admirably … Head and tail and hide and claws let see a wise provision a wise ultimate object. if one now often perceives damage in the dykes ; so yet , by fine hides , often the loss is replaced … Yes it shall lessen the vertigo and , a stocking from otter hide , soothe podagra aches … ”
And not least and by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time”.
Offer no. 28,230 / EUR 757. / export price EUR 719. (c. US$ 869.) + shipping
– – – The same, but with margins on three sides 3.7-4.2, below 2.7 cm more wide-margined and
of shining-marvelous quality & therefore rarity ,
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, 1894 with Reich auf Biehla & at least without platemark also 1889 with Coppenrath. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back.
Offer no. 15,400 / EUR 690. / export price EUR 656. (c. US$ 793.) + shipping
– – – The same. Margins on three sides 2.3-3.5, on the left 4.3 cm wide. – Small worm-hole in the rocks on the left edge of the subject. – Of likewise shining-marvelous quality and therefore rarity.
Offer no. 15,593 / EUR 690. / export price EUR 656. (c. US$ 793.) + shipping
“ I am curious as to the history of this (original Ridinger printing) plate (I just bought) and the others you have offered. Did you purchase them from the Ridinger estate (indirectly, indeed) or a private collector? These are truly rare one of a kind pieces ”
(Mr. L. A. F., October 28, 2003)