The Copy Counts Faber-Castell

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). S. Bernardus. Saint Bernard in three-quarter figure to the left, holding in the raised right a crucifix equipped with the instruments of torture, at whose foot the left additionally holds a death’s-head. On the left on a stone plate two folios, on them austere tiara, and a further scourge rod. Mezzotint. Inscribed: I. El. Ridinger excud. A. V., otherwise as above. 20½ × 16¾ in (52 × 42.4 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, St Bernard


Counts Faber-Castell

their Ridinger sale 1958
with its lot no. 174
on the underlay carton

Radulf Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen


Schwarz 1539 with ills. II, plate L; Faber-Castell 174; Wend, Ergänzungen zu den Œuvreverzeichnissen der Druckgrafik, I/1 (1975), 215.

Not in Thienemann (1856) , Stillfried (1876) , Weigel, Art Stock Catalog, pts. I-XXVIII (1838/57) , Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX (1885) , Coppenrath Collection (1889 f.) , Reich auf Biehla (1894) , Gg. Hamminger (1895) , Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, 1900) , Rosenthal, Ridinger list 126 (1940).

Contrast-rich deep black impression with fine margins running around, in the right upper edge of the subject numbered with red chalk pen “71.”. Slightly time-marked, but of fine general impression. And rare, as proven, and already 1856 generally resumed by Thienemann:

“ 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 … ”

(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 .

Offer no. 14,864 | EUR 570. | export price EUR 542. (c. US$ 655.) + shipping

“ the book has arrived! Many thanks for your helpfulness! Have a nice day, and kind regards ”

(Mr. S. S., May 9, 2016)


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