Johann Elias Ridinger, Roman + Grecian War Folks

Anyhow : 13  at  a  Blow

Many  a  Great  not  even  dared  to  dream  of  it

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Presentation of both Roman as Grecian War Folks from my Academic Drawings for the Use chosen and designed according to the Age. Plates 1-12 + 17 (of 18) in etching + engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Not before 1759. Inscribed: 1. to 12. + 17. / Mart. El. Ridinger Filius æri incid. (pl. 1), otherwise M. E. Ridinger sc. and, pl. 17, J. El. Ridinger inv. del. et excud. Aug. Vind. / J. Gottfrid Seuter sc. A.V. resp., otherwise in German as above, followed by “, by Johan(n) Elias Ridinger Painter and Engraver also Director of the Academy.“ C. 6¾-7⅜ × 4⅛-4⅞ in (17-18.8 × 10.5-12.5 cm) as now plate, then sheet size, see below, and (pl. 17) 7¾ × 5¼ in (19.6 × 13.2 cm) resp.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Ancient Warrior, restingJohann Elias Ridinger, Ancient Warrior, sitting


Counts Faber-Castell

their Ridinger sale 1958
with its lot no. “60 (13)”
on the underlay cartons

Radulf Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen


Thienemann + Schwarz (I, plate XXVIII) 860-871 + 876 (of 860-877); Silesian Ridinger Collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1952 (only 8 sheet, moreover “Trimmed on platemark. Very rare”, 1885); Reich auf Biehla Collection 190-191 (17 sheet, “Very rare”, 1894); Gg. Hamminger Collection 1828 (only the first 12, 1895); Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger; 1900), 1481 (only Th. 873 as pl. 14, correspondingly qualified “Rare.”); Rosenthal, Ridinger list 126 (1940), 356 (only Th. 871 as pl. 12). – 11 pen-and-ink drawings to this, two of which dated with 1753 and 1756 resp., figured as lot 122 on the 1890 Wawra sale “of a fine collection of drawings and engravings by Joh. El. Ridinger from the possession of a known collector”.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Ancient Warrier, looking outJohann Elias Ridinger, Ancient Warrier, with lance

Neither as a whole nor in individual sheets in Weigel, Art Stock Catalog, pts. I-XXVIII (1838/57) + Coppenrath Collection (1889 f.). – A partly trimmed and mounted torso of 8 sheets here traceable in the trade of 1956. Present  here  then  Castell’s  with  13 sheet  the  clearly  more  sumptuous  one

of  this  variedly  composed  charming  set

proven  here  completely  only  per  Th. + Schwarz

of  the  Ridinger  reserved  for  connoisseurs

in a mixed copy as most telling proof of the difficulty of even a sheet-by-sheet bringing together, as then was denied even just to Reich auf Biehla (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”; 1266 sheet plus 470 duplicates + 20 drawings). Where the partly original arrangement of two sheet each side by side with dividing line on one plate conditioned the loss of one lateral platemark each with normally enough white platemark remaining when – as here – scattered. Assuming this just as evenly fine quality of impression on buff laid paper the following preservation results:

Johann Elias Ridinger, Dead Ancient WarrierJohann Elias Ridinger, Ancient Warrier

Sheets 1, 2 (three small corner defects in the white platemark done), 5 (done corner defect upper left), 6 (done small corner defect upper right impairing the number), 9 + 10 (tear extending just under 2 cm into the lower image hatching done just as a small tear out in the upper margin concerning the number, on the right, however, divergently additionally with paper margin 1 cm wide) trimmed on and within the platemark resp. with said white paper margin nevertheless 5-10 mm wide. Plates 3 (slight brown spot in the upper margin still touching the platemark), 4, 7 + 8 on three sides with paper margins 1.8-2.8 cm wide, one lateral margin each as before. Plates 11 + 12 trimmed to the subject edge on three sides with loss of the numbering, below, however, with 5-8 mm white platemark preserving the signature, but without its closing edge. Sheet 17 finally reconciling with everything: full platemark on all sides and paper margin 4 to 5.5 (below) cm wide all around!

Published not before 1759 as the year of the appointment to the office of a director of the Augsburg Academy, the set was obviously created peu à peu during the ’50s. Nevertheless the richly staged warrior of sheet 17

Johann Elias Ridinger, Ancient Warrier

has his predecessor in the not engraved drawing of 1723 Alexander the Great at the Hyphasis in the Punjab in Autumn 326 BC — The Zenith of an Empire, a Turning-point of History where he holds back the mutineers pressing forward against the king. See their confrontation in publications of the ridinger gallery niemeyer XV, page 14.

Offer no. 14,879 / EUR  1300. / export price EUR  1235. (c. US$ 1493.) + shipping

„ … Übrigens ist Ihr Internetauftritt wirklich überaus interessant, habe ihn unter Favoriten gespeichert und schaue sicher öfters rein “

(Herr J. F., 27. Mai 2013)


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