Johann Elias Ridinger, Trace of an Otter

“ Fine Cascade … therefore Moonshine ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Trace of an Otter / Right Fore Leg / Left hind Leg. In wild rock scenery a “Fine cascade, in front of which an otter lurks for prey, therefore moonshine” (Th.). In the water reflection of its head. Below the picture the life size traces detailed a-e. Etching and engraving. (1740.) Inscribed: 16. / Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. sc. et exc. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above & below. 14¾ × 11¾ in (37.6 × 29.7 cm).

REPRESENTATION OF THE FAIR GAME 16. – Thienemann & Schwarz 178; Ridinger catalog Darmstadt (1999), III.27 with illustration; Sälzle, facsimile ed. of all drawings for the set, 1980, pp. 50 ff. (dated 1739). – The numbered traces detailed as following:

Johann Elias Ridinger, Trace of an Otter
a. claws of which there are at the hind and fore leg 5. / b. the little skin so standing in between. / c. the balls at the fore leg. / d. the balls at the hind leg. / e. in soft ground one also sees the hairs at the hind leg.

“ While in the etching the landscape appears unaltered, Ridinger put the otter, not to the advantage, into another position …

That Ridinger has not taken the composition of his sheets easy is illustrated best by (one) variant not engraved in comparison with (present) picture … which has to be considered a preparatory drawing for it. Here, too, we see the same rock landscape, however, on the left moved somewhat towards the background by which the sky becomes visible; between cascade and otter a rock part behind which a cypress-like stock of trees rises out, instead of the left rock here reeds. Unsigned … A comparison (of this variant) with (the eventual preparatory drawing) illustrates Ridinger’s method and his endeavor to a more accentuated composition. ”


Uniquely beautiful impression with watermark WANGEN as one of the sturdy laid paper qualities preferred by Ridinger. – Margins above & below 3.3-4.7 cm wide, on the left 1.3, on the right 0.7 cm margin resp., each in addition to the wide white platemark. – Upper & lower margin slightly foxstippled, the latter also somewhat agespotted from turning over and the former centrally of the outer edge somewhat fissured-glue-traces from previous binding.

Offer no. 15,794 / EUR  630. / export price EUR  599. (c. US$ 724.) + shipping

– – – The same in very fine toned, utterly uniformly harmonic impression – yet probably of only late 18th/early 19th century – on strong laid paper. – The half sheet of 21¼ × 14½ in (54 × 36.8 cm) uncut on three sides with margins above & below 7.5-9 cm, laterally 3-3.6 cm wide, each in addition to the wide white platemark. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 16,162 / EUR  630. / export price EUR  599. (c. US$ 724.) + shipping

– – – The same as rotogravure postcard by O. Felsing, Charlottenburg (Berlin). C. 1900/20. 5½ × 3⅝ in (14.1 × 9.3 cm). – Unused “ARTIST CARD”.

Offer no. 28,471 / EUR  29. (c. US$ 35.) + shipping

also see Hermann Menzler’s varying tone lithograph after this sujet

„ Wegen der Eile – das Werk soll Anfang nächster Woche verschenkt werden – würden wir Kurierdienst bevorzugen … Der guten Ordnung halber hier unsere Bestätigung, dass Ihr Paket … wohlbehalten bei uns eingetroffen ist … Wir würden die Verpackung ungern öffnen, weil das gute Stück gleich wieder auf Reisen gehen soll … “

(Herr F. R., 29. Aug./2. Sep. 2013)


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