Before the Silhouette of Jerusalem

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Consummatum est. Before the silhouette of Jerusalem the dying Christ at the cross, looking down to the left at Mary, to the right John, both standing, the hands folded, and looking up. At the foot of the cross death’s-head. Mezzotint. Inscribed: I. N. | R. I. at the top of the cross / Consummatum est. / I. El. Ridinger excud. Aug. Vind. 22⅜ × 16⅝ in (56.7 × 42.3 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Christ Crucified


Counts Faber-Castell

their Ridinger sale 1958
with its lot no. 109
on the underlay carton

Radulf Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen


Compare Thienemann 1274 (uncertain as being trimmed under loss of the title/inscription band) + Schwarz 1274 (22 × 15⅜ in [56 × 39.2 cm], variant of writing “CONSUMATUM EST.” + “J. Elias … exc. …”). – Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 2002 ( “Very rare”, 1885, without state detail ); Faber-Castell 109 (without attention to the “mm” in Consummatum).

Not in Weigel, Art Stock Catalog, pts. I-XXVIII (1838/57) , Coppenrath Collection (1889 f.) , 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”) , Hamminger Collection (1895) , Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, 1554 items, 1900) , Rosenthal, Ridinger list 126 (1940).

Undescribed (?) variant

to Schwarz 1274

of the atmospheric-delicate large sheet

far from all drama in very fine impression with possibly WANGEN watermark with margins 1-1.5 cm wide running around and irrespective of its time-markedness – perfectly smoothed out little crease folds throughout the sheet, thin paper spots, some pin-like tiny holes, little spore spots in the lower part of the subject – of optically roundly very fine general impression.

“ The mezzotints are almost not available in the trade anymore

… all worked by and after Joh. El. Ridinger (are) that rare that they are to be found almost only in some public, grand print rooms. I have come across most of the described ones only in the famous print room at Dresden … ”

(Thienemann, 1856!, pages VIII & 270).

A situation also possible new editions could change little as according to the expert Sandrart (1675) the technically conditioned extremely fast wearing off mezzotint plate only permits 50-60 good impressions.

Here then the copy Counts Faber-Castell

of a crucifixion scene of quite rare intimacy

with the marvelously nuanced light falling in from above .

Offer no. 14,861 | EUR 956. | export price EUR 908. (c. US$ 1098.) + shipping

„ Das Jahr 2014 geht zu Ende. Das gibt Veranlassung Ihnen sehr herzlich zu danken für viele jagdhistorische Informationen mit kunsthistorischem Charakter. Besonders dankbar bin ich für die Beschaffung des Bildes … “

(Herr W. W., 18. Dezember 2014)


The Cream of the Day