Ridinger’s  Zeus  Rarity

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Zeus. On cloud armchair flying through the air, with him the eagle, the thunderbolt in the raised left, the angled right supported, likewise the right leg, the look turned downwards in anger. Engraving. Inscribed: J E R. 7¾ × 6¼ in (19.8 × 16 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Zeus


Counts Faber-Castell

their Ridinger sale 1958
with its lot no. “59 (24)”
on the underlay carton

Radulf Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen


Thienemann + Schwarz 845; Counts Faber-Castell (1958) 59 in erroneous assumption of the belonging to the three sets of the Diverse Presentations of some Figures from the Ancient Age suitable for History, cf. this as well as Thienemann’s updated sequence (1st separate appendix, pp. 5 ff.), correspondingly Schwarz I, pp. 111 f.

Not in Weigel, Art Stock Catalog, pts. I-XXVIII (1838/57; more than 1000 sheet of the engraved/etched Ridinger work) , Silesian Ridinger Collection at Boerner (1885; “of greatest richness … many rarities”) , Coppenrath Collection (1889/90) , R. collection at Wawra (1890; besides 234 drawings 600 prints) , 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”; 1266 sheet plus 470 duplicates + 20 drawings) , R. catalogue Helbing (1900; 1554 nos.) , R. list Rosenthal (1940; 444 nos.).

The monogram lower left without between-points as quoted by Schwarz, rather the R seems to be followed by an “s” for “sculpsit”. – The sides trimmed on up to within the platemark, thereby upper right till close to the edge of the subject. Above + below with 4-6 mm margin. – On the back at the margins old traces of mounting as well as three face sketches in pencil.

Offer no. 15,229 / EUR  345. / export price EUR  328. (c. US$ 397.) + shipping

„ die Sendung ist unversehrt … angekommen, vielen Dank. Alle Blätter finden unsere Zustimmung, wir möchten alle erwerben. Ich habe die Rechnung bereits auf den Verwaltungsweg gegeben … “

(Herr R. G., 21. Dezember 2011)


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