An “Animal Soul Painter” (Stubbe 1966) ?
— Then here !
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Snub=Eared Main Boar with cropped Tail which on the left side had the large Tusk broken off and on the right the Tusks grown crosswise His Princely Highness the ruling Sire Landgrave Louis (VIII) of Hesse-Darmstadt has cropped the ears with serene hand himself already 12. years ago and in the 1749th year January 18 wounded in the Bessungen Forest (Roßdorf, south of Darmstadt) and ditto 30th even shot in the All Saints Forest (Langen/Hesse, north of D.). Etching with engraving. Inscribed: 58. / J. E. Ridinger del. sculps. et excud. A. V. 1753., otherwise in German as above. 13⅝ × 9⅞ in (34.5 × 25.1 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 300; Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, VI.3 with ill.; Siebert-Weitz, Ridinger, 1999, pp. 28 f. with ill. – Plate 58 of the till today unmatched comprehensive standard work Exact and True Representation of Both the Most Wondrous Deer and Other Particular Animals … of the Rarities showing in Nature published for subscription. – From the final complete edition, Leipsic c. 1859. – On toned vélin with margins of 1.7-2.5 cm all round, drawing impeccably clear and vibrant still in the subtlest italics. – Siebert-Weitz pp. 28 & 30:
“ The (Packer) bears a somewhat mysterious muzzle .
The deformed teeth of the boar , the clipped ears ,
and the stump tail are clearly visible ”
Adducible, however, the pen-and-ink drawing “A Dead Wild Boar, on which the gun lies, next to it on the earthen rise a sitting hound leashed to one of the trunks, who guards it” as lot 99 of “Johann Elias Ridinger’s Art Estate in Drawings” within Weigel’s 1869 catalog of drawings. Here, however, without gun and the dog sitting freely. To the right of the tusker boar-finder giving mouth from below the underbrush.
Offer no. 16,099 / EUR 248. (c. US$ 300.) + shipping
– – – The same, but in an earlier state after erasure of the original numbering apparently renumbered in the plate, else in writing, as sheet 5 of the self-contained set Other Wondrous Animals (Niemeyer II.2) of the edition jointly published by Engelbrecht and Herzberg about 1824/25 with the six boars as the beginning.
Splendid impression on heavy wove paper watermarked (Thurn)eisen G(rand). R(eserve). of the Thurneisen mills flourishing from 1558 until 1925 at Basel (until 1886), Kandern (1819-1852), and Maulburg (1836-1925) with margins laterally 4.2-4.7, below/top 6.2-6.7 cm wide. – At the corners quite slight traces of former mounting to supporting paper, otherwise fine.
Offer no. 16,238 / EUR 670. / export price EUR 637. (c. US$ 770.) + shipping
– – – The same, but as the optically excellently preserved original printing plate in reverse in the reddish-golden brilliance of its 266 years old copper. 13¾ × 9⅞ in (34.9 × 25.2 cm).
An extremely gratifying , worldwide unique collector’s object
traced back here far beyond Thieme-Becker (vol. XXVIII, 1933, p. 308) seamlessly directly to the master’s estate itself, therewith correcting Thienemann (1856) who deemed the plates of the Most Wondrous lost. For “Preserved original 18th century printing plates are a great rarity” (Stefan Morét in Catalog Darmstadt pp. 62 f. See also the plates there I.13, I.8 & I.11, color ill. 6 & b/w ills. pp. 63 f.). – Shielded from tarnishing by fine application of varnish, the plate is generally printable in the ordinary course of its use through the times, however, it is offered and sold as a work of art and a collector’s item, thus without prejudice to its eventual printing quality. – With timeless-elegantly frameless hanging fittings so that you will experience the reflection of the respective light to the fullest. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 15,009 / price on application
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