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For First Mouth Watering …

Copper Assets

Touched by World History

Johann Elias Ridinger, Tiger Horse with Ear-bouquet (detail)
1745 Instantaneous Reproduction of the Tiger Horse with His Ear-Bouquet
as a “paid for very dearly” Spectacular Hippological Wonder (detail)

Original Ridinger Copper Printing Plates
— Individual Items , Pendants , 4-Plate Set
and unique exemplaires enrichis

in the Reddish-golden Brilliance
of their Centuries Old Copper

originating from the so-called Thieme-Becker-Block re-emerged after the “Turnaround” — “444 copper printing plates (in reverse) presently (1933) in private hand in Charlottenburg” — and here researched seamlessly right back to the ridinger estate, correcting all the ascriptions of loss supposed by Thienemann (1856) as, just i. a., the plates for the 101-sheet set of the Most Wondrous Deer and other Special Animals, the renewed complete edition of which was published at Leipsic just about 1859, where – and only here – their original numbering, which had been partly modified about 1824/25 for the Engelbrecht-Herzberg editions, was restored.

Shielded from tarnishing by fine application of varnish ,

the optically excellently preserved , worldwide unique plates

are generally still printable in the course of their use through the times, however, they are offered and sold as works of art and collector’s items, thus without prejudice to their eventual printing quality. And

with the recommendation of a timeless-elegant frameless hanging

— fittings enclosed —

so you shall experience to the fullest

the respective reflections of light .

Shortly ,

extremely gratifying , worldwide unique absoluta ,

whose conservational undemanding nature they do not share with no other monodimensional artistic medium in all their quantitative plenty. Timelessly insensitive original Ridinger copper printing plates are in such a manner synonym for pure pleasure sui generis. Absolutely free choice of place, welcome of all places the places with the finest incidence of light, so that they can play off their reflectivity to the fullest, no matter if daylight or tungsten light. At which the recommendation here aims indeed.

niemeyer’s — where one knows what one gets

Show Piece Example 1

Helper Mother Nature
Johann Elias Ridinger, 3 Red Deer Cripples
of a Great Rarity of Natural History

and additionally grangerized with a Vanity Symbol of Degree

… Ditto at Geißlingen (Steige) Ao. 1739 the 20th Decbr. this portayed fawn with 3 legs, has been shot in the Ziegelwald, by Joh. Martin Bückle, forest ranger at Amstetten. so by nature thus miraculously set, and showed only the trace of one claw, at the thorax … Copper printing plate in reverse by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). 14 × 10½ in (35.7 × 26.8 cm).

Already as print an extremely rare work ,

here then as a non plus ultra in its optically excellently preserved

original printing plate

in the reddish-golden brilliance

of its 230-240 years old copper

for sheet XIII, Thienemann 356, of the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt – “the rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings” , Schwerdt 1928 – , worked into the copper exclusively by Johann Elias’ eldest, frequently from his father’s designs from primarily 1752/53, and concluded in 1779, in which there are “besides actual ‘special events’ …

also depictions of zoological peculiarities

similar to the Most Wondrous Deer …” (Stefan Morét in Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999).

In addition to this in analogy to the events the broken vase as of by no means to be overrated importance for the “Minimized Ridinger” (so the title of the art-historical contribution here at the ceremonial act of the University of Technology Dresden on the 300th birthday of Ridinger) who adds by this metaphorical signature to the manifold symbols of vanity of his œuvre beyond the true vanitates a pillar defying any discussion and in such a manner manifests his artistry sui generis. Cf. on this the contribution here Die Vanitas-Symbolik bei Johann Elias Ridinger for the 6th annual meeting of the European Dance Macabre Association at Bamberg in 2000 (illustrated version in Uli Wunderlich [ed.], L’Art Macabre 2 – Jahrbuch der Europäischen Totentanz-Vereinigung, Dusseldorf 2001, pp. 94 ff.).

Johann Elias’ authorship of present work therefore ascertained as resulting from itself and furthermore confirms at the same time Weitz. One of the few thematic lone wolves of the set otherwise “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. Formerly they all were marked by Roman numbers. If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions” (Th. p. 81). Such concerns particularly seven sheets which have been taken over in exchange for others in a later new edition of the Most Wondrous Deer. As then present plate, too, whose original “XIII” in the center of the upper edge is, invisibly on the subject side, polished out and replaced by a “91” top left.

Here then both artistically and thematically an ace .

Where not only to the realization here the impact of the eldest, Martin Elias, as the etcher of present plate on the Ridinger œuvre far exceeds that of just an engaged co-worker. Already at the age of thirty he downright acted as a spiritus rector behind the scene, ensuring that sets as for instance the Most Wondrous Deer, of the final 27 plates of which Martin Elias worked no less than 21, either were not aborted or, as here, published posthumously. So indeed he worked all plates of the Special Incidents, too. Without him also the one presented to you here would not exist!

And as Wolf Stubbe (Joh. El. Ridinger, Hamburg/Berlin 1966, pp. 16 f. & pl. 34), going in medias res, celebrates Th. 722, The Wild Buffalo and the Crocodile, from the here available Fights of Killing Animals as an artistic zenith of the late work in respect of its luminous efficiency, he pays tribute at the same time, since judging by means of the plate, not the drawing, to Martin Elias as the etcher/engraver of that work. An aspect illustrating deeply the Ridinger teamwork. – With fittings for timeless-elegant hanging at a not-everyone’s-thing-price.

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“ Preserved original printing plates

from the 18th century

are a great rarity ”

Stefan Morét in the Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, pp. 62 f.

Also see plates there I.13, I.8 & I.11, color illustration 6 & b/w ills. pp. 63 f.

Show Piece Example 2

Rutting Season Drama
Johann Elias Ridinger, Entangled Stags
by the Bergstraße

These 2. Stags one of 14. the other of 12. points have been found the 18th Novembrs. 1756. by the Bergstrasse Hesse=Darmstadt territory in the Seeheim (Bickenbach) fir at the so-called Tobacco Field in the ditch, thus lying, firmly entangled with the antlers, and of which one was still alive, yet the other dead. In rich, deeply staggered landscape “where in the background a piece of the Bergstrasse landscape becomes visible” (Weitz). In the air six birds coming up. Copper printing plate in reverse by Martin Elias Ridinger after Georg Adam Eger for sheet 77, Thienemann 319, of the Most Wondrous Deer. (1763/65.) Inscribed: G. A. Eger ad viv. — from life — pinx. / Joh. El. Ridinger direxit et excud. Aug. Vind. / Martin El. Ridinger sc. A. V., otherwise as above. 14 × 10½ in (35.7 × 26.8 cm).

Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, VI.8 & 8a with illustrations; Siebert-Weitz, Ridinger – Bilder zur Jagd in Hessen-Darmstadt, 1999, pp. 40 f. with ill.; illustration of the stags besides in the Hunting Book of Landgrave Louis VIII. According to Stefan Morét in Catalog Darmstadt its design at least not there preserved,

but both the two pairs of antlers in their rare Form as double trophy

on contemporary carved colored wooden heads (VI.8a) and accompanied by the inscription vis-à-vis. – The original numbering “77” restored about 1859 for a new complete edition. – With fittings for timeless-elegant hanging.

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“ ‘pioneering creativity’ ”

“ R(idinger).’s impact history is eminent .

Already during his lifetime he is frequently copied .

Throughout Europe

his animal depictions serve as models for oil paintings, murals … porcellain painting and groups … tile and glass painting.

A key image of his physico-theological and nature-philosophical resp. stance is the Evening from the set of the Four Times of Day of the Deer … who are sunk in the sight of the evening starlit sky, what has to be regarded as proof for R.’s conviction that nature were a revelation of the Lord’s wisdom, almightiness and graciousness. Niemeyer (2015) attests R. ‘pioneering creativity’. Spickernagel (2016) examines R.’s works in the context of the physico-theology originating from Protestantism and R.’s pictorial means for the visualization of movement …

Among the abnormalities from the animal kingdom

the Fox with Two Tails (1744)

and the Two Hares grown together at the Head (1765)

stand out,

both engravings are still relevant for the scientific history of veterinary medicine …

(His) dramatically staged landscape settings in the manner of the Netherlanders of the 17th century ”

U. Heise
in Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon, vol. 98 (2017), pp. 472 f.

Show Piece Example 3

The Ibex

Johann Elias Ridinger, Ibex startled by Lynx

Imperial Synonym
for Outstanding Power since the Age of Augustus

The Ibex is startled by a Lynx’s Cunning … / The Bad Cunning Lynx receives his Deserts … Pendants. Copper printing plates in reverse by Martin Elias Ridinger for the pair XX/XXI, Thienemann 363/64, of the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt as already above. 13½-14 × 9⅞ in (34.3-35.5 × 25.2 cm). – With fittings for timeless-elegant hanging.

“ The ibex is startled by a lynx’s cunning, By which it pursued it here secretly; Alone the quickness that is quite inherent to it, frees and saves it from threatening menace. ”

Marvelous the thrilling salto mortale flight of the ibex ,

instructive then its getting even with the foe .

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Ridinger salutes 1744 Elector Charles Albert at his final return via Augsburg to Munich as German Emperor Charles VII and is thanked by

Johann Elias Ridinger, Grant of Arms Johann Elias Ridinger, Arms

Hereditary Grant of Arms

as remained generally unknown.

Documented & offered
per issue 33 of the publications of the ridinger gallery niemeyer

Document of a Moment
of German History

by which Ridinger entered himself into the Book of History

Anno 1734. This Well-trained Pointer at the Imperial Pleasure Seat Nymphenburg — this above the event with high column of water — has been drawn from life as it stood in Action in the Pheasantry. Copper printing plate in reverse for sheet 32, Thienemann 274, of the Most Wondrous Deer. Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger fec. et excud. 1744, otherwise in German as above. 14¾ × 11¼ in (37.3 × 28.7 cm). – The original numbering “32” only restored about 1859 as before.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Pointer in Pheasantry (Nymphenburg/Munich)

The 1744 “Imperial” Plate

by which by accentuation of the Munich Nymphenburg Palace

as now “Imperial” Ridinger paid Reverence

Only one year later the glory of these for both the emperor and Bavaria and Germany oppressive years ended by death. Yet unvariably shining through the centuries the reddish-golden brilliance of this optically marvelous original copper printing plate from 1744, by which Johann Elias Ridinger (1698 Ulm – Augsburg 1767) entered himself into the book of history. – Contemp. print available. – With fittings for timeless-elegant hanging.

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“ The copperplates

which due to the value of the material

as also the hours of work invested there

enjoyed a far greater esteem

than , e.g. , a preparatory drawing

handled all too often disrespectfully … ”

Bernadette Schöller in Der Kölner Graphikmarkt zur Zeit Wenzel Hollars

within Wenzel Hollar – Die Kölner Jahre, ed. by Werner Schäfke, Cologne 1992, p. 19

Show Piece Examples 4 ff.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Weasel

Acted as Thematical Initial Spark
as Model (I) for the “Blue Rider” Franz Marc

The Weasel. Two in front of underwood and rock scenery, one coming from behind a stone, the other on top of this. Copper printing plate in reverse by Johann Elias Ridinger for sheet 88, Thienemann 479, of the Design of Several Animals. (1740.) 7½ × 6⅛ in (19.1 × 15.6 cm). – With the numbering changed to “86” as above.

Thematically set in context for the first time to Franz Marc’s painting “Playing Weasels” from 1911, Hoberg-Jansen 144 with illustration. – With fittings for timeless-elegant hanging.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, Beaver

“ Huge Beaver Dam (850 m) to be seen from Space ”

( FAZNET , May 12, 2010 )

The Beaver in his Rest. In front of a hilly landscape sitting by its dam and showing its mighty teeth. Copper printing plate in reverse as above for sheet 84, Thienemann 474, of the set. (1740.) 7½ × 6⅛ in (19 × 15.6 cm). – With the numbering changed to “81” as above. – With fittings for timeless-elegant hanging.

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Copper Pure Pendants — Offered Apart

Johann Elias Ridinger, Wild He-cat

Wild He-cat. Hanging at a trunk full of greed and stretching out the paw for a nest with young birds. Copper printing plate in reverse by Johann Elias Ridinger as above for sheet 80, Thienemann 470, of the set. (1740.) 7½ × 6 in (19 × 15.4 cm). – With the numbering changed to “77” as above. – With fittings for timeless-elegant hanging.

Offer no. 16,244 / price on application

Wild He-cat apart in an impression of the 1st edition on feinem laid paper with later coloring in an attractive fitting palette as rather unusual for original prints. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,745 / EUR  180. (c. US$ 218.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, Wild He-cat lurking for Prey

Wild He-cat lurking for Prey. Crouching at the water with reeds in front of rocks. Copper printing plate in reverse as above, but for sheet 81, Thienemann 471, of the set. 7½ × 6⅛ in (19 × 15.6 cm). – With the numbering changed to “78”. – With fittings for timeless-elegant hanging.

Offer no. 16,245 / price on application

Wild He-cat lurking for Prey apart in an impression of the 1st edition on feinem laid paper with later coloring in an attractive fitting palette as rather unusual for original prints. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,746 / EUR  190. (c. US$ 230.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, Aurochs

An Aurochs (recte the Europ. Wisent/Buffalo). Sitting in a wallow in the forest. Copper printing plate in reverse as above for sheet 36, Thienemann 426, of the set. (1738.) 7½ × 6⅛ in (19.1 × 15.6 cm). – With fittings for timeless-elegant hanging.

Offer no. 16,246 / price on application

Johann Elias Ridinger, Aurochs in Rage

– Aurochs as before, but in rage for sheet 37, Thienemann 427, of the set. (1738.) 7½ × 6⅛ in (19.2 × 15.6 cm). – With fittings for timeless-elegant hanging.

Offer no. 16,247 / price on application

pendant prices possible on application

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