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Johann Elias Ridinger, Figures from the Ancient AgeJohann Elias Ridinger, Lady from the Ancient Age

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Diverse Presentations of some Figures from the Ancient Age suitable for History invented and published. Set of 23 (instead of 24) sheet in three parts. Etching + engraving. Augsburg 1728. Inscribed: 10 sheet with varyingly ligated monogram (J?)ER, one of which with 1728 in reverse, otherwise as above with “First Part” set in front, followed by “Ioh. Elias Ridinger Mahler in Augspurg 1728”, all in Latin & German, otherwise as below. C. 7¼ × 4⅝-4⅞ in (18.3 × 11.6-12.4 cm) and, 3rd part, 6½-6¾ × 4⅛-4⅜ in (16.6-17.3 × 10.6-11 cm) resp.

Provenance: Counts Faber-Castell, their Ridinger sale 1958 with its lot no. “59 (24)” on the underlay cartons; Radulf Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1922-2004).

Thienemann per actualization separate appendix 1, pp. 5-9: Pt. I: 836-843. – Pt. II: 844, 852-855, 1304, 1305, 1307. – Pt. III: 851, 856-859, 1306 (missing in present copy), 1318, 1319. – Correspondingly Schwarz I, pp. 110-112 with four ills. (p. 110 + plts. XXVII f.).

Weigel, Art Stock Catalog, 18541 (only pts. 1 + 2 = 16 sheet, qualified as “Rare”, 1851); Silesian R. Collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1950 (“very rare”, 1885); Coppenrath Collection, pt. II, 1595 (“very rare”, 1889); Reich auf Biehla Collection 187-189 (“rare”, but only 18 sheet, two of which without platemark, some spotted; 1894); Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger), 1459 (“Rare set”, 1900); Rosenthal, Ridinger list 126 (1940), 345-355 (only 11 sheet); Counts Faber-Castell (1958) 59 under erroneous inclusion of Th. 845, just as a copy offered on the market in the early ’80s as 30-sheet deemed the larger-sized separate set 845-850 as belonging to. – Known here furthermore a 17-sheet torso from 2002.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Ancient WarriorJohann Elias Ridinger, Greek Warrior

The  rare  set  in Salvator Rosa’s manner (S. R., painter, etcher, poet + musician, Naples 1615 – Rome 1673; “Most famous became a set of 72 smaller study sheets, representing soldiers and folk types, after which there was copied a lot”, Thieme-Becker XXIX, 1), here without sheet 22 (Th. 1306). – For Th. 837 see the illustration in publications of the ridinger gallery niemeyer XV, page 10 on occasion of the not engraved 1723 drawing Alexander the Great at the Hyphasis in the Punjab in Autumn 326 BC — The Zenith of an Empire, a Turning-point of History.

The title plate of the 1st set with “No. II.” as noted by both Thienemann (“… which I miss, however, in [another] copy) and Schwarz, too, that of the 2nd part (“Second Part of the Figures from the Ancient Age suitable for History. Invented and published by Ioh. El. Ridinger Cum Pr. S. C. M.”) with “No. IV.” as noted by Thienemann only; each lower center. – The inscription of the title plate to pt. III further reduced to “Third part invented and published by Ioh. El. Ridinger C. P. S. C. M.” – The throughout first-placed Latin title versions inessentially varying.

Mixed copy inevitably bestowing reverence to the rarity of the set of in the majority finest to extremely wide margins, only sheets 3, 6, 7, 10, 14, 15, 18, 21 + 24 with but narrow though mostly still c. 5-15 mm wide margin around the full plate, the first three of which mounted by old for no reason. – Of varyingly fine general preservation with following deviations: sheets 11-13 + 16 with extended light spot in margin and (11, 13, 16) subject. Sheet 17 evenly slightly browned and with worm trace close to the right upper corner of the platemark.

Offer no. 14,878 / price on application