Already  since  150  Years

qualified  as  “Very + Exceedingly  Rare”

Ridinger’s  Set  of  the  Fountains

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Fountains. Set of 4 sheet in etching with engraving. Inscribed: Ioh. Elias Ridinger excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as following. 13⅞ × 11¼ in (35.3 × 28.7 cm) (1) and subject size 13⅞-14 × 11⅛ in (35.2-35.4 × 28.2-28.3 cm) (3) resp.


Counts Faber-Castell

their Ridinger sale 1958
with its lot no. 61
on the underlay cartons

Radulf Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen


Th. + Schwarz 878-881; Silesian. Ridinger Collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1953 (“Some a little damaged and spotted. Extremely rare sheets”, 1885); Reich auf Biehla Collection (“Extremely rare sheets , very fine impressions with wide margins”, 1894); Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger; 1900), 1482-1484 as Th. 878 (“with margin. The latter not flawless. Very rare.”) , Th. 879 (“without margin. Very rare.”) + Th. 881 (“with full margin, the latter not flawless. Extremely rare.”).

Not  in Weigel, Art Stock Catalog I-XXVIII (1838/57) , Coppenrath Collection (1889 f.) , Collection of Georg Hamminger as the downright market sweeper of his day (1895) , Rosenthal, Ridinger list 126 (1940).

“ I would like to call the four sheet which have been published under the above title , but  now  have  become  very  rare , Mythological Pyramids. They originate from earlier (??) times … ”

with respect to Ridinger’s just “excudit” at the same time adhering to the widespread assumption of “We therefore not even know for sure if and what part our master has with them” as refuted in conclusion here).

For with the discovery here of the autonomous work of the dome-like rising “Hippocrene”– published here in 16 copies on occasion of the 300th birthday – as the Horse’s or Muse’s Fountain at the Parnas obviously rejected by Ridinger on the back of the original printing plate for the evening sheet of “The Deer’s Four Times of Day” as the latest the set of the Fountains has to be regarded as own invention. For although without any inscription of any sort the authenticity of the “Hippocrene” cannot be missed. Proceeding from their proximity to Watteau as inspiring Ridinger so manifold and by the self-identification in the muse of painting leading directly to his personal book-plate.

Fontaine de Persèe et d’Andromede .

Johann Elias Ridinger, Fountain of Perseus + Andromeda

Fountain of Perseus and Andromeda.

“ On the top of a cone-shaped boulder Minerva sits, lance and shield in her hands, and looks down to Perseus gliding below her, who, with the drawn sword in the right, the Medusa’s head in the left, is about to finish off the dragon writhing around the rock. This already covered with countless wounds spraying blood, but the true stream of blood, the fountain, comes from his jaws. Beside Perseus the fettered and now soon to be released Andromeda. ”

Three sides with 3-4, below 13 mm wide little margin around the full platemark. In this four backed tiny tears. Small slight yellow trace between Andromeda’s right arm and left leg.

Fontaine d’Hercule victorieux.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Fountain of the Triumphant Hercules

Fountain of the Triumphant Hercules.

“ On top of the rock cone a genius crowned with laurel, thus Victory, in the hand the laurel wrath for to decorate the head of Hercules resting below her from his heroic deeds. Beside a female figure sitting rather indecently (that is bare-bosomed), on the head the glory by which victorious generals were decorated, and in the raised right one for Hercules. This supporting himself with the left on his club, with the foot on the bottom of the slain enemy lying together with several killed wild and tame animals around him. From overall of the rock fountains gush which actually do not belong to the whole. ”

Trimmed within the platemark, but three sides with fine(st) margin around the edge of the subject, below with 1 cm below the second line of text. – On the back left with three traces in points of previous mounting on blue paper, two small thin paper spots, one of which backed as well as likewise settled little tear.

Fontain d’Atlas et d’Hercule.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Fountain of Atlas and Hercules

Fountain of Atlas and Hercules.

“ On a boulder Hercules sits with the lion hide, on the other side Atlas kneels with the glory; they hold the celestial globe from which quite immense masses of water flow down. ”

Trimmed within the platemark, but three sides with mostly only finest margin around the edge of the subject, here and there also reaching immediately to this, below with 3-10 mm below the second line of text. – On the back left with two traces in point of previous mounting on blue paper, and on the front a tiny paper scrape off at the subject edge.

Fontaine de la Victoire d’Apollon sur le Serpent Python.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Spring of the Victory of Apollo over the Pythonic Snake

Spring of the Victory of Apollo over the Pythonic Snake.

“ In the center Apollo, as protagonist, the right akimbo, in the left the bow without string by which he has killed the dragon Python on whose wing he stands, and from whose wounds fontains issue. Above Victoria with palm leaf and wreath for the victor, beside Cupid in poor figure. Below furthermore a river god from whose urn lot of water flows for it shall be fountains there. ”

Trimmed within the platemark, but on three sides with fine(est) margin around the edge of the image, below with 6-10 mm below the second line of text. – On the back left with three traces in points of previous mounting on blue paper.

The  pictorially  as  to  content  beautiful  set

in  marvelous  impressions

on slightly toned fine (3) and regular resp. laid paper with, however, even structuring

in  the  copy  Counts  Faber-Castell .

And  not  least  a  further  theme  showing  Ridinger  as  standing  in  great  artistic  tradition .

With its three famous examples from 1593 to 1602 in Augsburg itself, among them the Hercules Fountain by the great Adriaen de Vries harking back to a preparatory drawing of Hans von Aachen’s.

Offer no. 14,873 / EUR  2000. / export price EUR  1900. (c. US$ 2297.) + shipping

„ Ganz herzlichen Dank für Ihre netten Wünsche und die sehr interessante Lektüre (Wild + Hund 23/2008), über die ich mich sehr gefreut habe. Mein Glückwunsch zu diesem schönen Artikel über Ihr Ridinger Wirken und die damit verbundene und verdiente Anerkennung. An meiner ‚Ridinger – Sammlung‘ erfreue ich mich stets aufs Neue. Schon deshalb war die Anschaffung des Pompadour Bandes (1998) ein guter Kauf … Mit besten Grüßen, Ihr … “

(Herr O. v. L., 5. Januar 2009)


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