The Darmstadt Lob-Ear
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Stag with Lob-ears His High Princely Serenity the Ruling Sir Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (Louis VIII) has shot in the environs of Darmstadt (“in the Arheilger Forest in the direction of Mörsbach at the Shepherd’s House”) the 20th Aug: 1754. “Also the antlers are peculiar. A similar one one finds illustrated in v. Wildungen’s Taschenbuch year 1809-12” (Th.). Rolled-on photograph by Johann Laifle (ascertainable as active Regensburg 1865 – about 1900). (1865.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger del. fec. et exc. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above & on the mounting carton: 28. / Photographirt von J. Laifle. / Verlag von A. Coppenrath in Regensburg. Size of photo 6⅝ × 5 in (16.8 × 12.8 cm), of carton 12⅞ × 9⅞ in (32.6 × 25.2 cm).
“ In the Hunting Diary of Louis VIII ,
in which the landgrave’s ‘rare shots’ are collected ,
there also is the stag ‘with the lob-ears’ ”
(Siebert-Weitz). – Sheet 28 of the 50-sheet Laifle set published in 5 numbers as plate 63 of the Most Wondrous Deer, Thienemann 305. The bibliographical literature only records the 1st number of the album. – Gisela Siebert & Wolfgang Weitz, Ridinger – Bilder zur Jagd in Hessen-Darmstadt, 1999, pages 32 f. with ill. – For the drawing in black chalk see Coppenrath Collection pt. II (1889), no. 1913. – On paper coated with the white of egg, that is
albumen print “ of high gloss … (which) renders the most minute details ”
(Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XIII , page 17, yet recording it as standard a quarter of a century later only). This in contrast to the previously common papers coated with starch, hence resulting in a dull image effect, which consequently could not meet the standards of the great Ridinger collector Coppenrath. And Danuta Thiel-Melerski 2006:
“ The first photographs on albumen paper were so thin
one had to glue them onto cardboard ”
As here then, too. By Johann Laifle’s “Photographic Institute for Portraits and Landscapes” at Klarenanger No. 2 in Regensburg. His Ridinger Album. A Collection of the Finest and Rarest Deer and Roebuck Abnormities photographed from the Original Engravings – complete showcase copy available here – supposedly representing both Laifle’s earliest group of works as also
the earliest Ridinger photographicum
in general. In short ,
the youthful photography is enthusiastic about Ridinger
and therewith bestows a collection enrichment of the most charming kind . Up to the spot on the wall !
Of significantly more comprehensive sets announced by two competitors between 1867 and 1873/75 nevertheless 24 and 48 sheet resp. seem to have been realized only and therefore take second place to Coppenrath’s pioneer edition not just chronologically. In such a manner Laifle & Coppenrath not only were the first to pay their photographic reverence to Ridinger, rather this even in virtually chronological setting as
incunabula of photography !
Laifle’s late period documented here besides by a “Portrait Postcard System Laifle.” from 1899, by which individual portrait photographs were applied to Laifle’s landscape postcards. Laifle won medals at the World Exposition Vienna 1873 & 1876 in Munich.
Offer no. 15,686 / EUR 98. (c. US$ 118.) + shipping
also see the original —
Johann Elias Ridinger’s own etching
„ vielen Dank für die schnelle Zusendung des Buches ‚Der Ahorn‘. Ich freue mich insbesondere, weil dieses Buch mein Opa geschrieben hat und es somit für mich eine große Bedeutung hat. Viele Grüße aus Berlin “
(Frau U. C., 7. Juni 2004)