“ Very Fine Sheet ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Un grand Cerf, qui cherche sons viandis le long d’un ruisseau en broutant le créson pour se refraichir. A Stag of 16 points, which to cool himself takes the pasture at the water. In rich landscape “Again a fine stag bent forward, to graze, which at the same time admires his picture in the water.” Etching with engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 8. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. Elias Ridinger inv. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13¾ × 16¾ in (34.8 × 42.6 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, A Stag of 16 points

Thienemann + Schwarz 203; Helbing XXXIV (1900), 425 (“Excellent old impression with wide margin. Very fine sheet”). – Sheet 8 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. – Margins on three sides 4-4.3, above 2.5 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back, isolated barely perceptible little fox spots in the white margin.

“ In dense fields , between hills with thick brushwood , in the creek crowned by reeds … one sees here the noble stag grazing and at the same time mirroring himself . In the open mouth’s bearing on sees distinctly that he feels how the moist and fresh food nourishes him with grace and cools . But his eye shows at the same time that his splendid antlers … Who , seeing this , would not praise the artist’s ......... hand ! But listen ! know by this , as his painting touches you , that he leads us , by the copy , to the by far finer original .”

In short, not 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 & at least without platemark also 1889 with Coppenrath, while Reich auf Biehla (1894) could obtain it only as new impression of about 1850.

Offer no. 15,421 | EUR 1100. | export price EUR 1045. (c. US$ 1263.) + shipping

„ mein Besuch gestern in Padingbüttel hat mir Freude bereitet. Die bei dieser Gelegenheit erworbenen (Ridinger-)Blätter sind eine Bereicherung meiner Sammlung. Ich beginne nunmehr mit der Erfassung in meiner Datenbank und bitte Sie, mir eine möglichst hoch auflösende Bilddatei der Eisbären zusenden. Vielen Dank “

(Herr M. T., 26. März 2014)


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