“ They slaughter more than they eat ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Furets, ont 2. 3. ou 4. petis on dit que leurs vie soit de 10. ans et davantage. The Polecat. They have 2. 3. to 4. Cubs and shall reach 10. and more Years. A four-headed family before the “background of (a) fine landscape, with a high rock, on which a citadel”. Etching with engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 20. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13⅝ × 16½ in (34.6 × 42 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Polecat

Thienemann + Schwarz 215. – Sheet 20 of the STUDY OF THE WILD ANIMALS with the caption of the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German. – Small typographic watermark. – Margins laterally 4.3-5, above & below 3.5 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back.

“ The orderly in these wasteland and quite weed-grown fields is worthy , that one has a look at them … unexpectedly I see here four bloodthirsty egg-thieves burrow , in their eyes one can almost see the black little murder spirit . They slaughter more than they eat … But , except that they empty our houses of mice and rats … God did want to grant the poor, too, that they , by these animals’ hide , in grim frost , can warm themselves. ”

And not least and by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time”. Here then

of shining-marvelous quality & therefore rarity ,

for even in exemplary old Ridinger collections the old impressions of particularly this so fine large-sized main set frequently figure as closely trimmed, damaged, and fully mounted. So including present one in the Silesian collection 1885 at Boerner, 1894 with Reich auf Biehla & at least without platemark also 1889 with Coppenrath.

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– – – The same. Margins on three sides 2.5-3.3, on the right 5.5 cm wide. – Unsuspicious worm-hole in a dead trunk on the left. – Of likewise shining-marvelous quality and therefore rarity.

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– – – The same. – Fine shining impression and in such a manner under mat also optically a pleasure, with regard to the preservation yet a little to significantly age-marked as following:

On three sides with narrow margin around the white platemark, at top trimmed to this with margin added, by this at the same time mending a 2.5 cm tear off. The three other margins with four (two backed acid-freely) small tears, two of which up to the platemark. Besides several smaller and also longer tears in the 6 cm wide text field, of which only two are at all and hardly perceptible. A pinhead-sized retouching finally in the foliage. However: the eye pleasure easily makes good for the stake.

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„ … sind die Dachse perfekt verpackt und verschnürt bei mir … angekommen. Schon das Auspacken des Bildes hat mir große Freude gemacht und der ‚Ridinger‘ gefällt mir sehr gut, da es eine realistische Stimmung am Bau wiederspiegelt … werde ihn unter meiner Dachsschwarte aufhängen … Ich nehme dies zum Anlaß auch weiterhin in ihrem Fundus zu suchen … Besonderen Dank auch für die Beilage der Dez. 08 Ausgabe von Wild & Hund mit dem gelungenen (Ridinger-)Artikel … Ihnen nochmals herzlichen Dank für ihre fabelhafte Arbeit … “

(Herr K. R., 19. Juni 2009)


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