Also sujetwise very rare
Ridinger, Johann Elias (? Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Yet – also the birds’ rage is revenged on their enemies, They swoop down on them and spray blood and death / Also on innocents – They share with the friends The prey they made and scoff at their plight. Chamois driven to death in a crevice with sparse wood growth by two bearded vultures, the large and beautifully drawn latters about to lower themselves to him cryingly. Etching + engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: XXIII. / Ridinger, sculps., otherwise in German as before. 13¼ × 9⅝ in (33.8 × 24.5 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 366; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1878 ( “Rare”, 1885 ); Reich auf Biehla Collection 110 ( “Rare”, 1894 ); Helbing XXXIV, Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, 881 ( “Very rare”, 1900 ).
Sheet XXIII 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.
In regard of the authorship of the sheet here one might think of a compilation from his father’s design (vulture) and own addition (chamois) as to be assumed for sheet XII. Also the rarely found shortened inscription “Ridinger” might point in this direction. Thienemann likes the sheet as being to stiff just as little as its pendant XXII. Especially in view of the one here it shall be reminded, however, that he could not warm himself up for the rare last four Fable sheets – here available per 12,511 ff. – ascertained for Johann Elias and transferred by Martin which are seen here, quite contrary, as examples of a remarkably advanced artistic expression.
Wide-margined impression originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman with supposedly watermark WANGEN as one of Ridinger’s preferred firm laid paper qualities
with the Roman number
(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.). – In the white upper margin still both the two pinholes from the original stitching in numbers.
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.). Here thus with also textual reference Reynard who has killed the feathered goose.
Offer no. 15,716 / EUR 870. / export price EUR 827. (c. US$ 1000.) + shipping
“ Thanks for shipping the print. It has arrived here in excellent shape. Happy holidays ”
(Mr. H. A. P., December 12, 2001)