“ So , like Wolf and Lynx …
also the Fox serves us to the Best ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Renards sont de deux sortes, ont 4. ou 6. petis sont capable â la generation au premier an. The Foxes there are two kinds; have 4. to 6. puppies; are able to rut the other year. In mountainous forest region with extended castle (surely Maleperduis Castle) on the right in the middle distance five old ones vituperating at each other and four puppies. Etching with engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 23. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13½ × 16⅜ in (34.4 × 41.7 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Foxes there are two kinds

Thienemann & Schwarz 218. – Sheet 23 of the CONTEMPLATION 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 2.4-3.3, on the right 5.5 cm wide. – Thin paper spot in the upper edge of the subject and paper margin visible against the light only. Likewise two faint centerfolds practically not perceptible from front.

“ … Rid...... is it not enough to represent bodies lively / he even shows to our eyes, these animals’ scornful barking, why even more he can penetrate the animals’ spirit so deeply / bring it visibly with all passion into a copper … Seems it now the bad fox to be more harmful than useful; however, their hides have to protect us from severe frost … ”


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


of ultimate beauty as in such quality rare since old. For even in exemplary old Ridinger collections the old impressions of particularly this so fine large-sized main set often figure only closely trimmed, damaged, and fully mounted.

Offer no. 15,495 | EUR 980. | export price EUR 931. (c. US$ 954.) + shipping

also see
Hermann Menzler’s slightly varying tone lithograph
of this sujet

„ (D)ie Sendung (Hogarth / Marriage à-la-Mode) ist gestern wohlbehalten hier eingetroffen. Ist alles bestens, und ich danke Ihnen nochmals herzlich für die Beantwortung meiner Fragen und prompte Lieferung … Viele Grüße … “

(Herr C. K., 3. November 2013)

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