Following for the Course of the Year Dresden’s Question
“ What is BEAUTIFUL ? ”
As theme of the big special exhibition of the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum at the Lingnerplatz March 27, 2010 – January 2, 2011 for whose catalog volume niemeyer’s could provide the illustrations for Hogarth’s Analysis of Beauty.
niemeyer’s, always right in the midst , takes part on his stage , his way . And presents here as his current contribution.
Martin Elias Ridinger, Hound Badger. Hog Badger.
For Badger it is the Best
to have become
Animal of the Year 2010
and being honored by His Excellency the Federal Secretary of the Treasury as sign of his quite special, uh, esteem by a portrait special stamp.
In Ridinger’s coloring of the COLORED ANIMAL KINGDOM! Today apart beforehand.
Later then together with all the 126 further Quadrupeds . In a wonderful copy for which to put you into the proper mood Badger invites you to the picture show at the end of his present appearance.
But first HE & His CLAN have their Animal-of-the-Year Gala Entrance …
Hound Badger. / Hog Badger. “There are two badgers of one species (there are no more in our parts), the one creeping up, the other blubbering at him” (Th.). In scrubby hill landscape before a badger’s earth. Colored etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: TAXUS CANINUS. TAXUS SUITTUS. / Hunds Dachs. Schweins Dachs. / Thaison canin. Thaison de pore. / Familia IV. Fünfzähige. / Ridinger, fec. 12½ × 8½ in (31.6 × 21.2 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 1067. – IN THE RIDINGERS’ ORIGINAL COLORING from the unnumbered Colored Animal Kingdom created since 1754 and concluded finally posthumously not before 1773 (“Complete copies are next to untraceable”, so Weigel, Art Cat., part XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a as merely 120-sheet torso, 1857 ! , but also just individual plates quite rarely on the market only, at niemeyer’s presently nevertheless the one as the others).
“ By all rights this animal can be called a true subterranean citizen and inhabitant of earth … He likes to live in peace, however, if one lets the abovementioned dachshunds into his earth he fights back as good as he can by digging his ducts, or defends himself by biting and scratching … When they run out they are also captured by a so-called badger hood or by a board trap … One distinguishes two kinds … the difference mostly shall show in the snout ”
(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, pp. 10 f. [German] & 8 f. [French] resp., enclosed in copy).
Watermarked Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms & C & I Honig (type Heawood 64/Churchill 428) as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses
“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works
“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Margins on three sides 2-2.8 cm, below 4.4 cm wide. – Various (quite) faint tiny fox spots in the white text/plate field.
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Foremost , however ,
taking a rest in the warmth of the Ol’ Sun
dedicated by the Augsburg master
to the conclusion of peace at Hubertusburg
by which the Seven Years’ War
as a global conflict of modern dimension
1763 came to an end
and established Prussia as European power
“ Isn’t all that BEAUTIFUL ? ”
This Very Rare White Badger , which was speckled with yellow reddish and dark chestnut spots, has been dug out and hounded in the park at St. Hubertusburg (near Leipsic, the foundations incidentally laid just the same year) in the Year of 1724 the 5th 9bris. Etching & engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). (1763.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et exc. Aug. Vind. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculpsit., otherwise in German as above. 14 × 10⅜ in (35.4 × 26.3 cm). – Thienemann & Schwarz 316;
In local regard though the zoologically rare badger is together with the equestrian portrait of elector Frederick Augustus II as Polish king Augustus III (Th. 830; „lived as enthusiastic hunter mostly in Hubertusburg Castle“, Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., II, p. 96/I)
one of Ridinger’s only two own Saxon motifs .
For the one from the board Zoll in Electoral Saxony combined with that of Hesse-Darmstadt in Th. 385 only came to Saxony when its messenger, the painter Johann Georg Stockmar had already moved from Saxony to Darmstadt.
The drawing of the Hubertusburg badger, black chalk heightened with white on bluish paper, in the Ridinger appendix of Weigel’s catalog of the bequeathed drawings of 1869 under position 380.
Marvelous impression of rich contrasts and a warm tone on buff laid paper. On the back surrounding marginal tape from previous framing and a corresponding light streak on the front in the 2.8-5.1 cm wide white margin. Small backed tear lower left.
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“ Two utterly Different Animals
this Fine (Ridinger) Engraving presents here ”
The Badger, and the Squirrel, both have 3. to 4. Young Ones, the latter are able to breed in the First Year. 2 times 4-headed domestic happiness, divided on belle étage and upper stories. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 29. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger invent. delin. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind, otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 14⅝ × 16⅞ in (34.7 × 42.8 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 224. – Sheet 29 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 3.2-4.2 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back.
“ Two utterly different animals this fine engraving presents here , and in the same the laziness , also the sprightliness for us , together with the idleness and the industry … As the lazy badger, however … and lives of his own fat , which is useful for many things , as no less the skin, along with the rather soft hair , from which , along with even more things , we make the best painter’s tool exquisite brushes … ”
And not least and by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time”. Here then
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.
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– – – The same as postcard in rotogravure by O. Felsing, (Berlin-)Charlottenburg. C. 1900/20. 3⅝ × 5⅝ in (9.3 × 14.2 cm). – Unused “ARTIST CARD”.
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“ So suffer with Patience ”
Servitude taken up for Love of Splendor one shall endure with Patience. A stag of 12 points subjected himself to the toil of a sumpter-horse for the fine bridle. Etching & engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). After 1767. Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger. inv. et del. / M. El. Ridinger. sc. et exc. A. V., otherwise in German, Latin, and French as before. 13¼ × 9¾ in (33.6 × 24.9 cm).
THE EXCEPTIONALLY RARE SECOND SUPPLEMENTARY SHEET
of the intellectually as optically exceedingly charming “Instructive Fables from the Animal Kingdom for Improvement of the Manners and especially for Instruction of the Youth” by which
“ Ridinger pursued a typical purpose of his epoch. A ‘Correction of Manners’ by the morale efficacy of art – albeit in a quite different manner – William Hogarth, almost of the same age as Ridinger, had attempted by his paintings and prints … Yet while Hogarth and Chodowiecki tried to gain recognition for their (identical) ideas by satirical sets, as A Rake’s Progress, 1735 … Ridinger built on the – especially suitable to him (that is, so he himself, ‘since the hoary times of the ancient ages’) – tradition of the animal fable ”
(Stefan Morét, Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, page 96).
Originally intended to be far more comprehensive – so the reverse preparatory drawing for the 20th traded here was inscribed with “Fab 31” while beside only globally mentioned others neither numbered nor used Thienemann knew one not engraved numbered 30 – Ridinger left it 1744 at only 16 sheet and only his eldest, Martin Elias, added them at hand of bequeathed designs to 20. By which Thienemann’s “make themselves quite scarce” of 1856 was pre-programmed. Accordingly then also the 1889 catalog of the Coppenrath Collection on the 20-sheet copy: “Beautiful main series … Rare”. And Helbing 1900 in his 1554-sheet Ridinger offer (Cat. XXXIV): “The last (4) numbers are exceedingly rare”. And while he had beside a complete copy multiple apart copies of the first sixteen except for 12 & 13, so of the last four only one each of 17 & 19 in addition.
“So suffer with patience”
Badger comments the sight
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And not least thinks of himself and his envied rain-proof coat with its finest brush hairs dear to the connoisseur .
For where’s lots of beauty , there’s also some shadow
And so for the English sportsman badger then also means
hound , harrass & pester …
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). A Badger Hunt. Toned lithograph by Hermann Menzler printed by A. Renaud for L. J. Heymann in Berlin. (1863-65.) Inscribed: Gez.v.J.H(sic!).Ridinger,lith.v.H.Menzler, otherwise in German as above. 12⅜ × 8⅞ in (31.5 × 22.5 cm).
Through this ravine
he must come …
(Joh. El. Ridinger’s Hunting Album II/5.) – Cf. Thienemann 157. – From the “Album of Interesting Hunt and Group Pictures” carried as 2nd part. The whole rare set almost unknown to literature and comprising 80 sheet plus a recently discovered illustrated title of far larger subject size (13¾ × 14⅛ in [47.5 × 36 cm]), though practically to be completed just peu à peu, here, however, available in an almost complete showcase copy. In the pictorial effect corresponding to that of the aquatint technique not used by Ridinger anymore. – On strong wide-margined paper.
Taking up the action of plate 19 of the “Fair Game Hounded by the Different Kinds of Hounds”, though not rounded at the top and before a completely rearranged scenic background. In such a manner a first-rank collection addition.
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The Construction of the Trap explained by Numbers
– – – Compulsory Trap before the Earth of a Badger. In fine mountainscape Master Brock just leaves his earth – and thus rushes into his destruction. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et exc. Aug. Vind. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculps. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 9¾ × 14½ in (24.9 × 36.8 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 92; Schwerdt III, 135, 24 (“A rare set, of importance to those who are interested in the various methods of trapping wild animals”). – Sheet 24 of the Ways to trap the Wild Animals, regarded by Halle in Munich in 1928 as the “Rarest of all hunting sets by Ridinger” (LXVIII/323). – The preparatory drawing in reverse of February 1748 once in the Schwerdt Collection (III, 217/3).
With 6 lines caption instructively describing construction and operation. – Auf festem Linienpapier. – Umlaufend 5-6 mm Rand um den seinerseits 8-9 mm breiten weißen Plattenrand. – Ebenso malerisch wie instruktiv.
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Ridinger’s How to catch the Badger
in its Earth with the Hood
In the center of a rocky forest part hunter with double rope and the badger approaching the hood before its earth. Front left a hunter lying flat on his face together with dog, on the right on a boulder a further one alone. On the left side set back a third one with lantern and two dogs, the front one of which already has seized a badger by the neck. Etching & engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: Avec privil. de Sa Maj. Imperiale / Ioh. Elias Ridinger invent. pinxit. Sculps. et excudit Aug.Vind., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 13¼ × 16⅜ in (33.5 × 41.5 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 43; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”). – From the unnumbered early 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure , listed by literature as its 31st sheet.
For the preparatory drawing in reverse in black chalk and pencil see Weigel’s catalog of 1869, Ridinger appendix 495. Probably identical with this the “Original drawing for the engraving Th. 43” in pencil per 106 of the 1890 Wawra sale of A Fine Collection of Drawings and Engravings of Joh. El. Ridinger’s from the Estate of a Known Collector. – Margins 2.9-4.4 cm wide. – Acid-freely backed small tear in the wide white lower margin.
“ … if then in the evening or at night the badger has left its earth … however, the one who has the line of the badger hood shall take care about the movement of the same, that he does not draw shut before the time … ”
The scenery plunged into marvelous chiaroscuro
by half-moon , stars & lantern
IN AN IMPRESSION OF FINAL BEAUTY
as in such quality of utmost rarity since old.
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Johannes Stradanus (= Jan van der Straet, Brugge 1523 – Florence 1605). Obruitur saxis Taxus laqueisque dolosis … The variety of hunting the badger, the multitude of hunters and hounds. Engraving with etching by or for Philip Galle (1537 Antwerp 1612). (1578.) Inscribed: Io(hann)es Strada. inuen. / Phls Galle excud. 8⅜ × 11⅛ in (21.4 × 28.3 cm).
Nagler, Stradanus, XVII, 449; Wurzbach, Philip Galle, 27; Schwerdt II, 227. – Sheet 75 of the 2nd part of Venationes ferarum of altogether at first 104 sheets published by Ph. Galle. Here in an impression after removal of the number. – Latin distich. – With surrounding margin of 4-5 mm and mounted by old before previous binding on laid paper. The resulting centerfold almost perceptible in the white margin only. – Very fine impression still with plate dirt in the text margin of this instructive early representation.
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Badger Digging. Badger has been dug out – and every participant holds his variant ready to get at his rind. Up to the master of the hunt with the revolver. Front right the picnic basket for the hunting breakfast afterwards. Wood engraving by Jules Huyot (Toulouse 1841 – Eaubonne 1921) after Henri Télory (Strasbourg 1820 – 1874/75). C. 1870. 9 × 12½ in (22.9 × 31.8 cm).
Offer no. 11,175 / EUR 101. (c. US$ 122.) + shipping
Krüger, Eugen (Altona/Hamburg 1832 – Düsternbrook/Kiel 1876). Badger Hunt with badger finder. In a slightly misty moonlit night the latter holds a badger at bay, the three huntsmen with lantern still approaching. Chalk lithograph printed with olive-green tone plate for Boyes & Geisler in Hamburg. (1861-62.) Inscribed: Gez. u. lith. v. E. Krüger, title in German as before. 10⅜ × 12¼ in (26.3 × 31.1 cm).
From the 22-sheet album Die Jagd gezeichnet und lithographiert von Eugen Krüger published in 7 (!) installments (Souhart 275). – Not in Schwerdt. – Boetticher I/2 (1895), 808 f., Rump (1912; new ed. 1980 and, enlarged, 2005 & 2013) & Thieme-Becker XXI (1927), 593 (bibliographically mixing with the one here with besides erroneous dates “1860” and “2nd ed. 1865”) each with but the autonomous set Wild und Wald of likewise 22 lithographs published 1866/67 by Otto Meissner in Hamburg.
As a whole the painterly suite from which present badger originates is largely unknown and a corresponding collector’s trophy.
With the printer’s address “Druck d. lith. Inst. v. Chs. Fuchs, Hambg.”. – On light cardboard. – On the back foxing, on front mainly in the white margin and hardly affecting the image.
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Brandt, Eduard. (Wild Animals. Described after the observations and tales of naturalists and travelers.) With
24 chromo lithographs on 12 plates .
Stuttgart, Rudolph Chelius, 1860. Large 8vo. 1 l. title, 198 pp. Cloth with back-plate and mounted orig. cover, front with large gilt lion illustration.
Wegehaupt II, 401. – Not in Schwenk (!), Schwerdt, Souhart, and Mantel. – Owner’s mark from 1893. – A little foxing throughout, but not disturbing. Only at the beginning and the final quire somewhat more.
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Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Mindless Age becomes Contemptuous by Childish Expression. Elected for his large beard by the animals as their representative the billy-goat behaves himself so foppish over this that he „provokes partly guffaw, partly annoyance. This the artist shows excellently.
The badger is rolling with laughter ,
the stag, the horse, the fox laugh scornfully, the tiger, the striped hyena, and the lynx in earnest become aware of the foolishness of their choice and revoke it. The monkey though points at him“ (Th.). Etching and engraving. (1744.) Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger inv. et fec. et exc., title in German-Latin-French as above. 13⅛ × 9¾ in (33.3 × 24.7 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 773. – From the Fables described in detail already above, here with sheet 9 one of the core sheets by which Ridinger nevertheless, creating a new image type, left behind once more tradition and field. For, so Ulrike Bodemann in Metzner-Raabe,
“ No similarities to fable illustrations known hitherto .
Enormous image sizes filled almost entirely by the representation of a central factor of the fable tale. Surroundings mostly dense, natural wood .”
And Regine Timm, ibid., vol. I, p. 171 :
“ In his large plates Ridinger … sometimes has included vegetable growth or rocks, too, dominantly in his illustrations indeed, but without decorative intention. The plants and rocks mean the thicket, the deserted loneliness of the forest, in which the strange tales among the animals happen. ”
“ Whose pictured Morals charm the Mind ,
And through the Eye correct the Heart.”
Chronologically interesting in this connection that on the other side of the channel in 1726 John Gay, famous-notorious for his “Beggars Opera” (Brecht, Threepenny Opera!), had presented by his Fables “the most important achieved hitherto by English poets in this kind” (Meyers Konvers.-Lex., 4th ed., VI, 960/II).
All told then a highly momentous milestone within the “basic corpus of about 900 editions of illustrated fable books” up to Chagall’s Lafontaine folio with its 100 etchings worked 200 years later as downright a glaring light for the immortality of the fable illustration.
Without the number upper right which is almost unknown but appears later on. – Fleur-de-lis watermark. – In the second half of the 19th century mounted on blue-grey laid paper of the early 18th century with watermark SICKTE (the von Veltheim paper mill there) together with Jumping Horse Heawood 2790 (Germany 18th Cent. Esp. in Doppelmayr, Sonnen-Uhren, Nuremberg 1719) on which it is laid on loosely now. – Trimmed on three sides on the edge of the wide white plate margin. – Wonderful early impression.
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Now that you have come thus far with him Badger lets you have the promised
look at a
Pasture of Beauty
like the master’s and his sons’
COLORED ANIMAL KINGDOM
in its Perfection of Final Beauty
Not just the work as such , why no . Rather the same in an unrivaled copy like the one here !
In its only colored original edition of 1768 (a changed second one of 1824/25 in b/w) , raised in addition by evenly matching provenances .
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(Mr. M. L., April 24 and 29 resp. and May 6, 2003)