Johann Elias Ridinger, Otter

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Otter. In picturesque landscape at a water, lurking for prey. Below the explained great traces of fore and hind legs. Toned lithograph by Hermann Menzler printed by A. Renaud for L. J. Heymann in Berlin. (1863-65.) Inscribed: Gez. v. J. E. Ridinger, lith. v. H. Menzler etc., otherwise in German as above. 13⅝ × 9 in (34.5 × 23 cm).

(Joh. El. Ridinger’s Hunting Album) I/11. – Cf. sheet 16 of the Representation of the Fair Game, Thienemann 178: “Fine waterfall, before the same an otter lurks for prey, thus moonlight”. – From the “(Representation of the best known Game of Central Europe together with Tracks or Traces)” carried as 1st part. – The whole rare set almost unknown to literature and comprising 80 sheet plus a recently discovered illustrated title of far larger image size (13¾ × 14⅛ in [47.5 × 36 cm]), though practically to be completed just peu à peu. In the pictorial effect corresponding to that of the aquatint technique not used by Ridinger anymore. – On wide-margined light cardboard of impeccable freshness. The inscript of the printer Renaud only barely visible.

While Menzler often varies the environment and reduces his model to its central motif here he changed both the position of the otter and the landscape completely, making by this independance this sheet

a  quite  especially  charming  enrichment  of  any  Ridinger  collection .

Offer no. 28,436 / EUR  355. / export price EUR  337. (c. US$ 407.) + shipping

– – – The same in Ridinger’s own etching in a uniquely beautiful impression with watermark WANGEN as one of the sturdy laid paper qualities preferred by Ridinger. – See the complete description.

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

Presently available here :

77 (of 80) tinted lithographs
in optically quite particular-fine garb
as well as

a rich selection of individual plates

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