“ A Swiss Part where Rocks pile upon Rocks ”

With “Very Nice Sheet” far to little said

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Les Daims ont 1. 2. rarement 3. petis le mâle aussi que la femelle ont leur force à l’age de 2. ans, sont d’une vie longue. The Chamois have 1. 2. rarely 3. Young Ones, the Little Male obtains his Strength like the Goat the other Year, live very long. Two groups of three & four + a single, “young and old, lying, standing, and proceeding”, in pictorially finest arrangement. Etching with engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 25. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger invent. delin. Sculps. et excud. Aug. V., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13½ × 16¼ in (34.4 × 41.4 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Chamois


(Fine Hunting Bag — Pictures of Hunting)

Dr. Hanns Simon Foundation Bitburg

January 13 – March 3, 2013


Catalog Book to the Exhibition

Pages 23 (full-page detail illustration) + 148 f.

Thienemann + Schwarz 220; Helbing XXXIV (1900), 457 (“Excellent old impression with full margin. Very nice sheet”). – Sheet 25 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 4, above & below 2.8-3 cm wide. – Between the hind legs of the left chamois unobtrusive small wormhole. In the wide white lower margin acid-freely backed tear still extending to the platemark and a longish dog’s ear below right. – On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson.

“ Up to the highest of all mountains’ peaks you lead me , ........ Rid ........... , look and mind have to climb with you … Here , still higher as the clouds , a new world , full of new creatures , is presented to us by the chamois … Both your ........=pen lets us see , bare of vertigo , without dread , on a sheet of paper , full of pleasure and awe … to which then , by art , nature has guided your hand herself … are , in 1000. wonders , God’s wonders to be seen .”

An in every aspect wonderful sheet

– not by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time” –

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.

Offer no. 15,490 | EUR 1480. | export price EUR 1406. (c. US$ 1700.) + shipping

“ Thank you Mr. Niemeyer – I will take it! … It should look very nice in my new office. Best regards ”

(Mr. J. R. L., January 6, 2006)


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