“ His  Antlers  are  quite  special …
Like  an  Eagle’s  Wings ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). L’Elan acquiert sa grandeur à l’age de six ans, et n’a ordinairement que deux petits quelque une. The Elk or Moose obtains its Height in its Sixth Year only, usually they have two, but also only one calf. A capital bull in imperial position on a rocky plateau. Placed back two deer. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 36. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13⅝ × 16¾ in (34.7 × 42.6 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Elk or Moose

Thienemann + Schwarz 231. – Sheet 36 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. – Watermark Crown Coat of Arms with tag. – Smoothed centerfold. Almost exclusively in the text margin some quite feeble little foxspots. Laterally left each two parallel pricks from previous loose stitching of installments, of which both the inside ones are somewhat torn.

“ What a strange creature! half a stag and half a horse … His antlers are quite special … Like an eagle’s wings, when he flaps them down. Of the claw it is said, that it has great powers, And in the cramp and neuralgia, provides soothing and help, As the thickness of his skin, neither stab nor blow pierces, One uses it instead of armor, which uses to shield us … But as I see this engraving, art almost obliges me to ask If the sensible black at the animal, more makes the landscape yield, Or if the gentle landscape, set it off even more. ”

In short, not by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the  indisputably  “most  important  Augsburg  landscapist  of this time”. Here then on especially heavy, wide-margined laid paper

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, and at least without platemark 1889 at Coppenrath, too, or could obtain it only in the new impression of about 1850 like Reich auf Biehla (1894).

Offer no. 28,935 / sold

– – – The same. Margins on three sides 3.6-4.3 cm wide, above with 1.5 cm somewhat less. – Quite faint brown spot in the white lower margin. – Of likewise shining-marvelous quality and therefore rarity.

Offer no. 15,600 / EUR  1100. / export price EUR  1045. (c. US$ 1263.) + shipping

„ danke für die prompte Lieferung der beiden hübschen Cassas-Blätter (von Antiochia). Den Überweisungsauftrag gab ich gestern zur Bank. Viele Grüße und ein schönes Wochenende … “

(Herr K. O., 6. Februar 2009)


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