… up  up  and  away …


The  Reindeer  without  Rudolph …

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Reindeer reach their Height and Power in the 5th Year usually bring forth but one calf. A capital stag in imperial attitude in “winter landscape with northern lights in Lapland”. Harnessed, but broken loose. Laterally of this, much smaller, a Lapp sleigh span. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 35. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind, otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13¾ × 16⅞ in (34.8 × 42.8 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Reindeer
… fleeing all-embracing political correctness …

Thienemann + Schwarz 230. – Sheet 35 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. – With WANGEN watermark as so characteristic for contemp. impressions. – Margins on three sides 3.7-4.2, above 2.5 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced at the back.

The unsurpassed wonderful sheet here then

in  exceedingly  wide-margined  impression

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 1889 with Coppenrath, too.

Offer no. 15,409 / EUR  910. / export price EUR  865. (c. US$ 1046.) + shipping

– – – The same. Margins on three sides 2.4-3.2, on the right 4.5 cm wide. – Slight box pleat in the center of the subject hardly perceptible anymore. In the white lower margin backed tear of 2 cm. – Of likewise shining-marvelous quality and therefore rarity.

Offer no. 15,599 / EUR  910. / export price EUR  865. (c. US$ 1046.) + shipping

… here  even  without  Harness

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
… as far as the legs carry

(Joh. El. Ridinger’s Hunting Album) I/3. – Cf. above sheet 35 of the “Study of the Wild Animals”, Thienemann 230, 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 colour 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$ 407.) + shipping

… and  here  comes  Rudolph !

Atkinson, John Augustus (London 1775 – after 1818/33 or even 1861). Laplanders Hunting. Sitting in a flat-bottomed sledge drawn by two reindeer with already a hare as prey. Aquatint by Matthew Dubourg (fl. London 1808-38) in the original coloring. London, Edward Orme, 1813. 7¼ × 9⅛ in (18.3 × 23.3 cm).

John Augustus Atkinson, Laplanders Hunting

Thieme-Becker II, 212; Nagler I, 179 f. ( “excellent English painter and draughtsman living in Russia for a long time who worked wonderful pictures” ). – From Foreign Field Sports. – Schwerdt I (1928), 177 ff.: The coloured plates … are fine, both as regards draughtsmanship and colouring … (The book) is sure to increase in value … .

Offer no. 11,767 / EUR  107. (c. US$ 129.) + shipping

Bear Hunt in Lapland

Bear Hunting in Lapland. One of the three hunters, additionally with a fox on the back, loads one of the two hunted bears on a reindeer. In the middle distance a reindeer sledge, behind it further hunters. Glazed coloured wood engraving. 1853. 7⅞ × 6⅛ in (20 × 15.5 cm).

Offer no. 12,213 / EUR  86. (c. US$ 104.) + shipping

„ … sind die Dachse perfekt verpackt und verschnürt bei mir … angekommen. Schon das Auspacken des Bildes hat mir große Freude gemacht und der ‚Ridinger‘ gefällt mir sehr gut, da es eine realistische Stimmung am Bau wiederspiegelt … werde ihn unter meiner Dachsschwarte aufhängen … Ich nehme dies zum Anlaß auch weiterhin in ihrem Fundus zu suchen … Besonderen Dank auch für die Beilage der Dez. 08 Ausgabe von Wild & Hund mit dem gelungenen (Ridinger-)Artikel … Ihnen nochmals herzlichen Dank für ihre fabelhafte Arbeit … “

(Herr K. R., 19. Juni 2009)