Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). St. Joseph with the child Jesus with the globe. Half-length portrait with elliptic gloriole looking up to the left with lily stalk in the right and with the left holding the child bedded on a soft cushion. The latter himself with beams of rays at each side and on the head, beside him the globe, onto which his right presses on the cross, otherwise, however, likewise looking to the left out of the picture. Mezzotint. Inscribed: Joh. Ellias Ridinger. excud. A. V. Below plainly ornamented cartouche in wide text margin with just the signature. 22⅜ × 16⅝ in (56.7 × 42.1 cm).
their Ridinger sale 1958
with its lot no. 113
on the underlay carton
Radulf Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen
Cf. Thienemann + Schwarz 1282 + Schwarz 1503 (“Similar representation as Th. 1282 and supposedly from the retouched plate. Modified works …”) with ills.; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 2010 (without state detail; 1885); Counts Faber-Castell (1958) 113 as Th. 1282 without identification as variant to the aforementioned.
Generally not in Weigel, Art Stock Catalog I-XXVIII (1838/57) , 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).
Variant described here for the first time
and with respect to the cartouche, compared to Schwarz 1503 (21⅞ × 16⅝ in [55.6 × 42.3 cm]) once more and decisively simplified, third, if not forth state of Th. 1282, whose yet not absolutely reliable signature notation “J. E. Ridinger exc. A. V.” deviates from the one Schwarz reliably quotes for 1282 (21⅞ × 16¼ in [55.5 × 41.2 cm]), that is “I. El. Ridinger exc. Aug. Vind.”. Joseph’s looking up sympathetically more reserved here compared with Schwarz 1503, the hair barely curled in the forehead region.
Typographic watermark. – With little margin of up to 4 mm (below) round about, frayed on the left on 13 cm. – Generally time-marked with partial lighter rubbings, more conspicuous in cartouche and text margin.
Otherwise, moreover as state not described in literature, of preprogrammed rarity as according to expert Sandrart (1675) the technically conditioned extremely fast wearing off mezzotint plate permits 50-60 good impressions only.
Correspondingly already in 1856 Thienemann, pages VIII & 270 :
“ 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 … ”
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