With the “very rare” Pendant of the Casuar
Ostrich + Casuar contra Wolf/Fox + Lynx
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Ostrich + Casuar on an elevated viewpoint of a sovereign landscape defending themselves against three wolves (recte more likely jackals as equally positioned in the tales as the foxes of the Bible, Thienemann, identified as foxes by Weigel, too, see below) + lynx resp. of which one of the latters has been finished. 2 sheet. Etchings with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: XXVI./XXVII. / Joh. El. Ridinger inv. et del. / Mart. El. Ridinger, sculps. A.V. + 6-liner caption. 11¾ × 9¾ in (30 × 24.7-24.9 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 369/70; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1879/80, the latter of them “Rare” (1885); Reich auf Biehla Collection 113/14, the latter of them in only “Newer impression” (1894).
The pair XXVI/XXVII – “if the numbers are missing later impressions will be by all known odds”, T. – of the extreme rare 46-sheet set Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt ( “The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt III, 140; 1928 ) worked by Martin Elias after his father’s drawings – here such of 1764, see nos. 396+395 of the Ridinger appendix within the 1869 Weigel catalogue of the left drawings – and completed posthumously in 1779.
“Arranged almost throughout in such a way that always two by two harmonize with each other as they had been sold also in pairs.” – In each case one sheet was missing in the Schwerdt copy and in Baron Gutmann’s (Schwarz) second (?) copy within the Pompadour volumes traded here of his spectacular Marjoribanks Folios. With his 1554-nos. Ridinger offer (cat. XXXIV) of 1900 Helbing could offer only 43 sheets and even 13 sheets were missing in the Coppenrath collection when it was sold in 1889/90. And the famous comprehensive Ridinger collection of the counts of Faber-Castell had only three (!) when it was sold in 1958. Hereself five sheets are available at the moment!
Of quite especially rarity the Casuar-Ostrich, Th. 370, of the pair offered here valued by Helbing in 1900 as additionally “very rare” with the same prize as the separate pair of the Wild Ducks Hard-Pressed by Wildcats and Foxes, Th. 389/90 missing also Faber-Castell, but in stock here. – With typographic watermark. – With 1.4/2.3-3.4 cm margins for the sides and 5-6 cm above and below. Here as also in the white textfield a little dusty and a few faint small spots. Sheet 2 with a fold strip on the left side of the back.
Offer no. 14,123 / EUR 1380. / export price EUR 1311. (c. US$ 1585.) + shipping
– – – Ostrich defending himself against Three Wolves (recte more likely jackals). – Th. + Schwarz 369. – Sheet XXVI of the set. – Wide-margined impression originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman with still both the two pinholes from the original stitching in numbers in the white upper margin. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 15,717 / EUR 690. / export price EUR 656. (c. US$ 793.) + shipping
– – – Casuar defending himself against Three Lynxes. – Th. + Schwarz 370. – Sheet XXVII of the set. – Wide-margined impression originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman with still both the two pinholes from the original stitching in numbers in the white upper margin. The plumage overinked. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 15,718 / EUR 590. / export price EUR 561. (c. US$ 678.) + shipping
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