“ Nowhere in Life there is some Rest …

The Ducks take a bath … ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Wild Ducks, stalked by Wildcats and Foxes. 2 sheet. Etchings with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: Johann El. Ridinger inv. et del. 1762. / Martin El. Ridinger sculps. 1770. Aug. Vind. 14⅜ × 10½-10⅝ in (36.4-36.6 × 26.8-26.9 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 389-390; Weigel XXVIII, 22, A (of A-B); Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1889/90 ( “Very rare”, thereof the latter “Without platemark, mounted”, 1885! ); Coppenrath Collection 1547 ( “Rare sheets”, 1889/90! ); Reich auf Biehla Collection 130 ( “Rare”, 1894! ); Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger), 906 ( “Small set of 2 sheet” , available in just one copy, 1900 ); Schwerdt III, 140, b; Nagler 64.

Cf. the drawings in reverse previously in the collection W. P. Knowles, Rotterdam and Wiesbaden (Lugt 2643), in Augsburg, Ridinger Exhibition Catalog 1967, nos. 72 f. and Biedermann, Meisterzeichnungen des Deutschen Barock, 1987, nos. 164 f. with full-page illustrations. There both the two printing plates, too, before in Ridinger Catalog Niemeyer, 1998, no. 52 with color ills.

Impression before removal of signature and the 12-lined caption by Brockes as otherwise here also not become known hitherto yet. On the printing plates passed through here both were found ground out for unknown reason and with leaving behind of clear traces; thus in parallel to Th. 91, but in a reversed situation.

Etched into copper by Johann Elias’ eldest, Martin Elias, after his father’s designs, not only after realization here his 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.

For Thienemann and Schwerdt to be assigned to the preceding set of the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt ( “The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings” ), the

Johann Elias Ridinger, Wild Ducks stalked by WildcatsJohann Elias Ridinger, Wild Ducks stalked by Foxes

extraordinarily charming pendants

belong to the little which was still missing in the Ridinger collection of Counts Faber-Castell, uniting almost the complete Thienemann stock and dissolved in 1958. And so it is not just

“ The wild duck is for a grandseigneur /

Not just for amusement. The fox hunts for it with pleasure , too … ”

For also this set itself is to be hunted down by collectors with patience.

Uniformly rich impressions originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman on firm laid paper as one of Ridinger’s preferred qualities

of splendidly warm-toned chiaroscuro .

Margins above & below 4.8-5.1 cm, laterally 2.3-3.7 cm wide. In each the white upper margin still both the two pinholes from the original stitching in numbers.

Offer no. 15,726 | EUR 1270. | export price EUR 1207. (c. US$ 1459.) + shipping

– – – The same, but with lesser margins.

Offer no. 13,006 | EUR 1176. | export price EUR 1117. (c. US$ 1350.) + shipping

“ I purchased this set (Leonardo’s Anatomical Studies) from you at the beginning of this year (recte already in 2011). The books are one of my prized possessions … and thank you again for being a part of this special section of my library … ”

(Mr. M. W., December 19, 2012)


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