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

„ Best her Niemeyer, De prenten zijn vanmiddag in goede staat gearriveerd. Alleen al het uitpakken is een genot! Ze zien er prachtig uit (vooral The Idel ’prentice is een juweel) … Wat dat betreft, zijn eigenlijk alle prenten die u mij hebt toegezonde, van uitstekende kwaliteit … “

(Mijnheer P. E., 1. Februar 2008)


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