Within  the  Red  Series  of  lüder  h.  niemeyer

Le  Grand  Exemplaire

Johann Elias Ridinger, Le Grand Exemplaire I

as  a  worldwide  unique  collector’s  item

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Fair Game Hounded by the Different Kinds of Hounds. With annotations how such are hunted, attacked, catched, held fast, brought down, and partly throttled by them … presented and edited by Johann Elias Ridinger painter and engraver, director of the Augsburg Academy, too, in the year 1761. Set of 22 sheet.

Engraved  title  with  large  vignette  of  a  boar-hunt


21  etchings  with  engraving

(11⅛-11⅜ × 9¾-10 in [28.4-28.8 × 24.8-25.3 cm]) in the mixed technique of etching + engraving typical for Ridinger and his time.

Ruby  red  morocco

with 4 ornamental raised bands, 2 dark green back-plates, gilt two-piece title on the front + Ridinger-stag-vignette on the back cover, gilt lines on both, and ridinger handlung niemeyer (ridinger gallery niemeyer) on the inner front cover below, all in 23.5 carat,

in  homogeneous  Solander  box


– traced back here far beyond Thieme-Becker (vol. XXVIII, 1933, p. 308) seamlessly directly to the master’s estate itself and therewith correcting Thienemann (1856) who deemed the plates of this set lost – the

original  printing  plate  to  the  title

in reverse (11¼ × 10 in [28.6 × 25.5 cm]) as removable solitaire laid into the front cover under polycarbonate glass (more resistant to aging + UV light than Plexiglas, but equally sensitive to scratches). Above the artist’s name and below the hall mark as unique

– Le  Grand  Exemplaire –

and on the inner front cover ridinger handlung niemeyer, all gilt tooled as before.

Enclosed besides, coming up with provenances Alexander Count of Faber-Castell (his sale K&F LXVI/10, 1958) & Christie’s London (5860/360, 2009), the fully executed, in conformity with the etching top-arched

original preparatory drawing in reverse forThe Lynx

as sheet X, Th. 148, of the set in brown pen-and-ink with brown wash over traces of graphite. Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger del. 1759. 14 × 10¾ in (357 × 272 mm; subject size incl. signature 9 × 9⅞ in [230 × 250 mm]). – “There he sits with furious gesture, or rather stands erected on a piece of rock and keeps the advancing (3) hounds in mighty respect” (Th.). – On strong laid paper with cut watermark Crown center right. – Margins below/above 5.6-6 cm, laterally 0.8-1.1 cm wide. – The not quite perfect preservation solely due to the effects of having been framed for years, thus the paper in addition to the light edge within the cutout of the mat generally evenly toned and with regard to the brown glue strip verso having been stretched in the then obsolete manner. Aside from this absolutely impeccable.

Th. + Schwarz 139-160; Weigel, Kunstlager-Cat., XXVIII, 13 A (?, perhaps intermediate state, of A-C); Nagler 16; Coppenrath pt. II, 1464; Schwerdt III (1928), 137 (“An interesting series”). – Illustrations: Schwarz I, plt. VIII; Stubbe, Ridinger, 1966, plts. 14-16; Ridinger Cat. Kielce, 1997, pp. 38-41.

Copy  of  absolutely  uniformly  fine  print  quality ,

most  wide-margined  sheet-size  of  21½-22 × 14⅜-15 in (54.5-56 × 36.5-38 cm) ,

coming  from  an  old  extensive  collection ,

what means,

three  sides  uncut

with  the  original  laid  paper  edges  (sic!) ,

while before binding the left-sided clean cut with practically nevertheless the full 6 cm margin like on the right suggests that two plates each may have been printed on one sheet of paper being in accordance with the size of Ridinger’s largest prints, Th. 67/68, printed from one plate each. In the absence of any traces of tacks and marbling the set was obviously never bound. Only the title, printed differently on especially buff laid paper, cut also at the top and thus with only 53 cm a little shorter.

For comparison :

Schwerdt’s copy reached with only 17½ × 11¾ in (44.5 × 29.8 cm) already the top of its boar-spike !

Isolated typographic watermarks. – Outer margins of the title slightly smudgy and right-sided somewhat teared. Three sheet with original small defects in an outermost marginal corner. Slight trace of squeezing in the white outer margin of XI, a smoothed diagonal fold in left and lower margin touching still the outermost white corner of the plate and a further one, confined to the outer white upper margin, in XII. The general squeezing of the paper of VII predominantly confined to the right half and here noticeable somewhat disturbingly only out of the subject.

Contents :

The European Bison – The Bear (“there is a good engraving of a bear fighting with hounds, pl. 14”, Stubbe) – The Elk – The Red Stag – The Wild Sow or Boar – The Wolf – The White Fir-Stag (Fallow-Deer) – The Wild Swan (“surely the rarer Whooper Swan”) – The Lynx – The Reindeer – The Roe – The Chamois – The Fox – The Beaver – The Otter – The Wildcat – The Hare – The Badger – The Marten – The Polecat, Squirrel and Weasel – Wild Ducks .

Thienemann :

“ Thus a theme with 21 variations … What a variety, what a truth in the expression of emotions! Yes, indeed, he is in fact an animal mind-painter. Hence his works speak to us so exceedingly, hence we cannot take our eyes off them, hence he sticks … always new, valuable and esteemed … One of the later works of Ridinger, but completely done himself alone … ”

On top the figuration closed in an arch. – With 9-13-line caption as well to the game itself as to selection + action of the different races of its assailants. In this instructiveness quite in the sense of Stubbe, who quotes in respect of the Par force Hunting as a further late work (p. 30):

“ … and their captions … bring together the pleasant satisfaction

which  good  informations , devised  thoroughly , can  give .

A  life  full  of  hunting  experience ,

a knowledge, earned in many years by conceivable alert attention, of the causes and considerations which lead to the single steps and hunting practices qualify the artist to define all kinds of hunting

not  only  after  their  execution ,

but  especially  out  of  their  reasons .

This happens … in all shortness … the limited space below the subjects suffices for intensive, yet easily understandable annotations in engraved writing. ”

And so it is the quite extraordinary satisfaction and joy here together to be able not alone to not just present anew this

textually  as  optically  so  splendid  homage  to  our  hounds –

“ The care of the hounds let be highly recommended to you

out of dark lair you will drive surely a wild boar by their cries! ”

( caption of the title-vignette ) –

after the copies of the Luza collection, Amsterdam, (1982) and within the second of the two Pompadour volumes of the Marjoribanks Folios traded here in 1998 resp., but in company with the original plate of the title and the wide-marginedness crowned by being uncut on three sides as

a  truly

Johann Elias Ridinger, Le Grand Exemplaire II

grand  et  unique  exemplaire  de  luxe

for elitist placing. As a provocatingly exclusive sovereign eye-catcher, enviedly reflecting the noblesse of the house.

That  the  master  has  worked  the  printing plate  himself  alone

shall be mentioned expressly. – Shielded from tarnishing by fine application of varnish, the plate is generally printable in the ordinary course of its use through the times, however, it is offered and sold as a work of art and a collector’s item, thus without prejudice to its eventual printing quality. Quite irrespectively of this, however, you should have a look

fully imbued with inner touch at this incomparable

Johann Elias Ridinger, Le Grand Exemplaire III

on  account  of  its  beauty  as  a  Gesamtkunstwerk ,

a  synthesis  of  the  arts ,

again and again.

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