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Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Reindeer. In free run to the right before sparse glacier and mountainscape. Lithograph by Hermann Menzler printed with greenish tone plate by A. Renaud for L. J. Heymann in Berlin. (1863-65.) Inscribed: Gez. v. J. E. Ridinger, lith. v. H. Menzler etc., otherwise in German as above. 11 × 11½ in (27.9 × 29.1 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Reindeer

(Joh. El. Ridinger’s Hunting Album) I/3. – Cf. sheet 35 of the “Study of the Wild Animals”, Thienemann 230: “A winter landscape with northern lights in Lapland”, but without Brockes’ verses. – From the “(Representation of the best known Game of Central Europe together with Tracks or Traces)” carried as 1st part. – The whole rare set almost unknown to literature and practically to be completed just peu à peu comprises 80 sheet plus a recently discovered illustrated title of far larger image size (13¾ × 14⅛ in [47.5 × 36 cm]), partly compressed to their principal motif or varied in the environment. So here the capital stag only and without the gear from which he had broken away in Ridinger. Here also omitted the small span in the background. In such a way a not least also

a  color  charming  first-degree  enrichment  of  the  collection .

And beyond this:

“ I find this nice illustration, just as the following one, not quoted, what they really deserve ”


In the pictorial effect corresponding to that of the aquatint technique not used by Ridinger anymore. – On buff wide-margined paper of impeccable freshness. Only in the white lower and left lateral margin quite feeble touch of isolated small fox-spots.

Offer no. 28,430 / EUR  355. / export price EUR  337. (c. US$ 423.) + shipping

also see Ridinger’s own etching of the reindeer

Presently available here :

77 (of 80) tinted lithographs
in optically quite particular-fine garb
as well as

a rich selection of individual plates

“ 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)


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