Already  125  Years  ago  definitely  Rare !

World  World

Each  one  already  on  its  own …

Oh  Oh

… yet  here  both  together !!


Johann Elias Ridinger, World World

“ … thus  it  is  about  feathers  so  about  hairs

Johann Elias Ridinger, Oh Oh

… there  it  is  about  hairs  so  about  feathers ”


Johann  Elias  Ridinger

Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767


World  World .

The  foxes  fetched  a  banquet  in  the  hen-house ,
yet  at  once  dogs  were  set  on  them ,
and  thus  it  is  about  feathers  so  about  hairs .

Two foxes – Thienemann comments – , one takes to his heels with a hen in the mouth, the other has dropped the killed cock to defend himself against a dog. Two further packers hurrying down an elevation to take part in the battle.


Oh  Oh .

The  night  owls  consumed  a  poor  little  hare ,
so  soon  cats  come  along , too ,
and  liked  to  take  them  together  with  the  hare ,
there  it  is  about  hairs  so  about  feathers .

An eagle owl – Thienemann comments – , sitting on a captured hare, is attacked by two cats which want to take the hare from it. Above a second owl is about to fly down and prevent the heist.

2  sheet  as  lively  wall-fitting  scenarios

in fine hilly water landscape under the full moon, located each at the opposite end of the same pond. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: XXXIII. and XXXIV. resp. / Joh. El. Ridinger. del: et inv(in): 1753. / M. El. Ridinger. Filio suo. sp. 1777, otherwise in German as before and below. 13⅛ × 9¾ in (33.3 × 24.8 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 376 & 377; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, within 1887 ( “New impressions”, 1885!); Reich auf Biehla Collection 118 & 119 ( “Rare”, 1894!; pl. 34 trimmed to platemark); Helbing XXXIV, Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, 892 & 893 (Bl. 34: “Rare”, 1900! ).

The pair XXXIII/XXXIV with wave-shaped arched top of the 46-sheet set To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt ( “The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt 1928, and, so Thienemann, “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” ) etched exclusively by Martin Elias after predominantly his father’s designs and concluded in 1779.

At which not only after realization here Martin Elias’ impact on the Ridinger œuvre is much larger than that of an engaged co-worker as engraver only. Already at an age of thirty he just acted as a spiritus rector behind the scene ensuring that sets were completed or, as here, published posthumously.

And as Wolf Stubbe (Joh. El. Ridinger, 1966, pp. 16 f. + pl. 34), going in medias res, celebrates Th. 722, The Wild Buffalo and the Crocodile, from the Fights of Killing Animals as an artistic zenith of the late work in respect of its luminous efficiency, he pays tribute together, because judging by the plate, not the drawing, to Martin Elias as the etcher/engraver of that work. An aspect illustrating deeply the Ridinger teamwork.

The captions quoted above supplemented by the mottos

“ World  World —

All  brave  bachelors  are  burdensome  to  the  belles ,
but  the  latter  in  their  turn  often  dangerous  to  the  former ”

– on which Thienemann remarks laconically “Yet how the maidens and bachelors fit in here Ridinger may know” – and

“ Oh  Oh =

There  is  no  end  to  robbing  and  killing ,
and  so  outrage  becomes  the  third  sin . ”

The motif of the eagle owls besides doubtless inspired Friedrich Gauermann (1807-1862) to his oil Fight between Foxes and an Eagle about a Dead Snow Grouse (Boetticher 64) then in the collection Prince Liechtenstein.

Wide-margined impressions of vibrant chiaroscuro originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman on firm laid paper with typographic watermark as one of Ridinger’s preferred qualities

with  the  Roman  numbers

(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.). – In the far white upper margin still both the two pinholes from the original stitching in numbers, at the far right edge of pl. 34 small tidemark.

Offer no. 15,820 / EUR  1780. / export price EUR  1691. (c. US$ 2044.) + shipping

“ Thank you Mr. Niemeyer, The prints (you have delivered two weeks ago) are being framed right now. My framer is very particular (works for the National Gallery … ) and I am having a perfect frame made for the large Ridinger (the imperial stag hunt Th. 67). Best regards ”

(Mr. J. R. L., November 19, 2003)