Johann Elias Ridinger, A Stag of 8 points

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Un Cerf à sa quatrieme tête, qui va au bois d’assurance cherchant son viandis. A Stag of 8 points, which walks quite confidentially, and moves to the wood. From the side in picturesque pasture with water beyond torn down palisade. Within that stag with the first head. Etching with engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 4. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13½ × 17 in (34.2 × 43.3 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 199. – Sheet 4 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. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back. – Margins on three sides 4, above 2.8 cm wide. – Minimal tear in the right lateral margin backed acid-freely.

“ If I now in this copper piece want to see and praise the flora first or first the animal kingdom , or both of them together , my irritated look doubts . If my eye searches … the noble stag pulls it back at him by force , and as I look at his posture , manners , splendid figure … And the firm step … But the stag’s fine antlers , and his moving ear … ”

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 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 rich Silesian collection 1885 at Boerner, 1894 with Reich auf Biehla and at least without platemark also 1889 with Coppenrath.

Offer no. 15,422 | EUR 980. | export price EUR 931. (c. US$ 1125.) + shipping

– – – The same. Margins above & below 2.8-3.3, laterally 3.8-4.3 cm wide. – Completely taken out diagonal fold lower right in the white area outside of subject & caption as well as faint brown spot in the wide left platemark. – Of almost still even more shining-marvelous quality and therefore rarity.

Offer no. 15,585 | EUR 980. | export price EUR 931. (c. US$ 1125.) + shipping

– – – The same not quite as perfect and with less wide margins of only 1.5-2.5 cm. About pinhead-small uncleanness in the skin of the stag. Minimal tear in the white lower margin backed acid-freely.

Offer no. 28,515 | EUR 860. | export price EUR 817. (c. US$ 988.) + shipping

“ Thank you Mr. Niemeyer, The prints (you have delivered two weeks ago) are being framed right now. My framer is very particular (works for the National Gallery … ) and I am having a perfect frame made for the large Ridinger (the imperial stag hunt Th. 67). Best regards ”

(Mr. J. R. L., November 19, 2003)


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