“ Resembles the Famous Nero
in the Munich Natural-History Collection ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Le Lion a toute sa force à l’age de 5. ou six ans, sa grandeur s’augmente encore et il devient fort vieux. The Lion reaches His Complete Strength in the 5th or 6th Year, grows larger even longer and grows very old. Extended grotto with the patriarch dominating the right half of the sheet. Four further males entertain themselves in a side-grotto on the left. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 33. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13⅝ × 16⅝ in (34.5 × 42.3 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 228. – Sheet 33 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 laterally 3.2-4.2, above & below 2.5-3.1 cm wide. – At the paws of one of the lions in the background unobtrusive small wormhole. In the wide white upper margin small dog’s ear as well as tiny tear backed acid-freely, in the left white margin two narrow tears-off added. – On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson.
“ This is the fine lion from the menagerie des Plantes at Paris and resembles the famous Nero of the Aken Collection which now is in the Munich Natural-history Collection ” (Th.).
“ What a stern real fire , what a bright and dark light burns in the lion’s eyes , shines through , penetrates through the face … His nerves , muscles , bones , gigantic frame shows , among other animals , his royal rank … Since then especially the rocks so natural , that it seems : By the artist’s magic stylus , his paper were petrified. ”
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 rich Silesian collection 1885 at Boerner & 1894 with Reich auf Biehla only as new impression of about 1850, while it had remained a desideratum for the Coppenrath Collection dissolved 1889.
Offer no. 15,489 | EUR 850. | export price EUR 808. (c. US$ 977.) + shipping
– – – – The same in not quite so perfect an impression with watermark WANGEN as so characteristic for contemp. impressions just as typographical secondary watermark. – Because of the narrow margins professionally added to the 16⅜ × 20¼ in (41.5 × 51.5 cm) sheet size of the former owner’s other inventory. – Six most trifling (2) to somewhat larger (3) worm-holes in the center of the right half of the sheet. – Centerfold utterly smoothed, small tear in the added margin backed acid-freely.
Offer no. 15,406 | EUR 570. | export price EUR 542. (c. US$ 655.) + shipping
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