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Johann Elias Ridinger, Aurochs
An Aurochs
Johann Elias Ridinger, Aurochs in Rage
Aurochs in Rage

“Aurochs” Pendants by Ridinger

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Ein Auer Ochse (recte The European Bison). Sitting in the forest in a wallow. Printing plate in reverse. (1738.) Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger del. fec. et exc. Aug. Vind., title as before. 7½ × 6⅛ in (19.1 × 15.6 cm). – Illustration top left.

The optically excellently preserved original printing plate here seamlessly traced back directly to the master’s estate to sheet 36 (etching with engraving, Thienemann + Schwarz 426) 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).

With the thematical designation of the represented bisons as aurochs Ridinger followed by the way generally erroneous usage, for the real Aur, the Urus or Ur of the Nibelungenlied, according to Cesar almost of the bigness of an elephant, had died out for ages as i. a. noted lapidarily by Thienemann, too.

“ Since the 17th century the (Bison) was confused with the Aurochs who existed frequently side by side with him, but died out earlier ”

(Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XVI, 693 and correspondingly already II, 48).

From Roman times on the hunting on the one as the other was reputed as especially glorious and still “in 1860 the emperor of Russia arranged a hunt (on the bison as at that time a rarity long since), in which 15 beasts were killed.

With the number “88” 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. – An old soldered joint of 2 x 4 cm in the middle of the left margin perceptible at the front by a slight hump and fine trace of a fissure reaching barely a cm into the image only. – With fittings for timeless-elegant frameless hanging.

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Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Auer Ochse im Zorn (recte The European Bison in Rage). In front of a stonewall boring open the earth as if he would press down an enemy as Ridinger describes it separately. Printing plate in reverse. (1738.) Inscribed: J. E. R. del. fec. and title as before. 19.2 × 15.6 cm (7½ × 6⅛ in). – Illustration top right.

The optically excellently preserved original printing plate here seamlessly traced back directly to the master’s estate to sheet 37 (etching with engraving, Thienemann + Schwarz 427; Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, III.4 with ills.) 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). – The scene itself separately commented by Ridinger as following:

“ So if he notices persecution and gets furious / he blazes up in full rage / rams to earth whatever gets in his way / which he presses down with the horns so long / until he has killed his enemy / in such position he is to be seen sub N. 37. ”

With the number “90” 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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