Johann Elias Ridinger, Main Boar at Oberndorf/Allgau

On G(rand). R(eserve). Paper

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Main Boar had at the 2. fore and right hind legs the dewclaws in the presented manner, therefore it traced like a wild sow with shoats, and after frequently considered as such, In the Year 1731. has been shot in the Allgau at Oberndorf. Etching with engraving. Inscribed: 1. (sic!) / J. El. Ridinger ad vivum del. sculp. et excud. 1742., otherwise in German as above. 14¾ × 11½ in (37.4 × 29.3 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 268; Weigel (1857) 20 D (“New impressions”, see below). – Sheet 26 of the 101-sheet set of the Most Wondrous Deer and other Peculiar Animals, here after erasure of the original numbering apparently renumbered in the plate, else in writing, as sheet 1 – renumbered on occasion of a new complete edition elsewhere about 1859 – 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. Ridinger’s art publishing house had devolved upon the House of Engelbrecht there 1821 the latest, whose Martin E. (1684-1756) had been on cordial terms with Johann Elias. Jointly with Herzberg’s art dealer’s a comprehensive subscription plan of Ridinger’s works was started in August 1824, based on “the now perfected copper printing and its proper implementation … without any restoring aid … (full of) clarity and vitality (and unchanged preservation of color)”. The frequently perceptible optically slight harshness of these here not present.

The related drawing at Staatliche Graphische Sammlung Munich. – A gouache traded on the Berlin auction market in 2010 as “German / 18th cent. Wild Boar in a Forest Glade” “over an etching probably by Ridinger” compared with his present engraving merely simplified in the manner of copycats. So particularly the so essential dewclaws of both the two plump forelegs and the right hindleg. Ditto rump and rocks.

The caption inked a little slightly, otherwise 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).

“ Since Aldus Manutius (active 1494-1515) the printers used to publish for particular clients some impressions of their prints on larger paper (grand papier, large paper) with a wider margin. Originally meant for scholars who used to apply their remarks to the margin, later as preferential copies highly valued by the bibliophiles ”

(G. A. E. Bogeng in Löffler-Kirchner, Lexikon des Gesamten Buchwesens, I [1935], 256 per Breitrandige Abzüge. Margins of present one bottom/top 4.7-5 and laterally only 2.2 cm wide. – Top right corner with slight trace of former mounting to supporting sheet, otherwise perfect.

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