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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Beaver in its Rest (original printing plate)

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Beaver in its Rest. In front of a hilly landscape sitting by its dam and showing its mighty teeth. Printing plate in reverse. (1740.) Inscribed: J. E. R. inv. fec. et exc., otherwise in German as before. 7½ × 6⅛ in (19 × 15.6 cm).

The optically excellently preserved original printing plate here seamlessly traced back directly to the master’s estate to sheet 84 (etching with engraving, Thienemann & Schwarz 474) of the instructive set Design of Several Animals, How such are drawn from Life after their Different Kinds, Actions and Passions (“These plates are much wanted and frequently copied”, Th. 1856).

“ Returned among others the beaver, and this meanwhile in such numbers that he poses a problem ”

(Silke Hasselmann, [Debate about Wolves — From Blue-eyed to Hysterical], Deutschlandfunk, July 2, 2015).

With the number “81” as changed for the new edition by Engelbrecht/Herzberg at Augsburg of c. 1824/25 and as documented by Thienemann per parentheses, too. – 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. – With fittings for timeless-elegant frameless hanging.

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