François Boucher/Johann Elias Ridinger, Foolish Jealousy

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Foolish Jealousy. / Zelotypia stolida. Posing as shepherd the young gallant confesses his love to his shepherdess, overheard by a young shepherd. On both sides sheep & lambs. Mezzotint after François Boucher (1703 Paris 1770). Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger exc. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above. 16⅝ × 21⅜ in (42.3 × 54.3 cm).

Schwarz 1461 with plate vol. 2, XX (variant). – Not in Thienemann (1856) & Stillfried (1876) , Weigel, Art Stock Catalog, pts. I-XXVIII (1838/57; more than 1000 R.-sheets of the engraved/etched work) , Silesian Ridinger Collection at Boerner (1885; “of greatest richness … many rarities”) , Coppenrath Collection (1889/90) , R. collection at Wawra (1890; besides 234 drawings 600 prints) , Reich auf Biehla Collection (1894; “Of all [R. collections on the market] since long time there is none standing comparison even approximately with the present one in respect of completeness and quality … especially the rarities and undescribed sheets present in great number”; 1266 sheet plus 470 duplicates & 20 drawings) , Hamminger Collection (1895) , Ridinger Cat. Helbing (1900; 1554 nos.) , R. list Rosenthal (1940; 444 nos.).

Wonderful large sheet in deviating earlier state in reverse after Claude-Augustin Duflos’ (1700 Paris 1786) Silvandre, heureux amant, que rien ne t’inquiète from his with but 11 × 12⅝ in (28 × 32 cm) considerably smaller-sized four-sheet series Les amours pastorales after Boucher (“Main master of rococo”, Jahn) and besides the one of von Gutmann here only provable with the copy Counts Faber-Castell (1958, no. 156; creased and trimmed to the image)

Typographic watermark. – With quatrain in German-Latin parallel text. – Of vibrant chiaroscuro and with truly superb wide margins of 9.2-10.2 on the sides and 4.8 and 5.5 cm resp. on top and bottom is added. – Centerfold invisible from the front. The wide white lower margin fissured and backed acid-freely.

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