Johann Elias Ridinger, The Little Weasel and the Marten

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Bellettes ont ordinairement 2. mais les Martres 3. ou 4. petis sont d’une vie longue. The Little Weasel usually has two, the Marten, however, 3. to 4. Young Ones, live rather long. “Above in the forest six heads pine marten, three still quite small ones; below at boulders the beech marten, and on the other side four heads little weasel, a young one carried by the mother in the mouth.” Etching with engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 30. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inven. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13⅝ × 16¾ in (34.6 × 42.4 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 225. – Sheet 30 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. – With WANGEN watermark as so characteristic for contemp. impressions, along with figurative secondary mark. – Margins 3-4.4 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back. Slightly foxed in the margins.

“ In the as beautiful as wild landscape , there are to be seen here little bad citizens of different kind . So both pine and beech marten show the rapacious proficiency , here in the caves , there on branches , together with their little wild brood , now as pernicious the little animals , so it is useful for us nonetheless . The hides cover us in frost , the droppings smells quite like musk , the mice serve it as food . Also the weasel creeps around here , which also , by its good works does not make itself very popular , nevertheless it is to be noted of it , that it is not only the mice’s and rats’ , it is at the same time the snakes’ enemy , its hide even cures their bite which shall be poisonous , and one guesses whether their blood cures hydrophobia . From this now it is once again revealed that also in animals which are pernicious , there still is a much larger use .”

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 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 above & below 2.3-3.2, laterally 3.9-4 cm wide. – Taken out slight box pleat in the left part of the subject practically perceptible in the white upper margin only. There also small rust spot. Small worm-hole in the rocks on the left. – Of shining-marvelous quality and therefore rarity.

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