Eagle Owl – Hare – Hunter – Triad

Thematically as well as the Sheet itself – “Extremely Rare”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The poor hare falls to the sun-shy owl’s share and this to the hunter’s barrel /: A rare case!:/ … Eagle owl with hare in the claws above hilly landscape with rocks under the full moon, looking down at the firing huntsman. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: III. / Joh. El. Ridinger inv. et del. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculps. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as before and below. 13¾ × 9¼ in (34.9 × 23.6 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Poor Hare

Thienemann + Schwarz 346; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1868 ( “Very rare”, 1885! ); Reich auf Biehla Collection 93 ( “Extremely rare”, 1894! ); Helbing XXXIV, Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, 860 (“Rare”, 1900).

The very very fine scenery

as sheet III of the 46-sheet set To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt (“The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt 1928), etched exclusively by Martin Elias after predominantly his father’s designs and concluded in 1779.

At which not only after realization here Martin Elias’ impact on the Ridinger œuvre is much larger than that of an engaged co-worker as engraver only. Already at an age of thirty he just acted as a spiritus rector behind the scene ensuring that sets were completed or, as here, published posthumously.

And as Wolf Stubbe (Joh. El. Ridinger, 1966, pp. 16 f. + pl. 34), going in medias res, celebrates Th. 722, The Wild Bison and the Crocodile, from the Fights of Killing Animals as an artistic zenith of the late work in respect of its luminous efficiency, he pays tribute together, because judging by the plate, not the drawing, to Martin Elias as the etcher/engraver of that work. An aspect illustrating deeply the Ridinger teamwork.

The two closing lines of the caption

“ He who suppresses weaker ones should not rejoice too much .

For quite easily a stronger one comes over him ”

besides documenting also here that Ridinger deliberately passed over in silence till now, who was subject of the “Dresden Address – The Minimized Ridinger” here given on the ceremonial act of the Technical University Dresden on occasion of his 300th birthday.

Wide-margined impression of very fine chiaroscuro originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman with typographic watermark as supposed countermark of the Wangen paper mill as one of Ridinger’s preferred firm laid paper qualities

with the Roman number

(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.). The set itself “arranged almost throughout so that always two by two harmonize with each other and form pendants, just as they have been sold in pairs, too” (Th.). – Acid-freely backed small tear as well as small box pleat at the white upper edge.

Offer no. 15,705 | EUR 870. | export price EUR 827. (c. US$ 1000.) + shipping

“ … I was digging and I found you. I needed to tell you that your collection for whatever reason has brought tears to my eyes. Thank you … I’m not a collector, or I haven’t known myself to be … I was going to sell this (sheet), but I just may have discovered that I’m to keep this for whatever reason. Have you made a collector out of me … For all your devotion, hardwork … I thank you ”

(Mrs. D. H., June 17, 2002)


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