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Johann Elias Ridinger, St Catharine

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). S Catharina. Half-length portrait of St Catherine of Alexandria frontally to the right in the glory with pearls + diadem, the palm leaf of the martyrs in the raised left and the right resting on the sword grip as symbol of her dying. Behind her the broken wheel. Mezzotint. Inscribed: Ioh. Elias Ridinger excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise, in large shell cartouche in the lower margin, as above. 22⅛ × 16 in (56.2 × 40.8 cm).

Provenance: Counts Faber-Castell with their 1958 sale’s lot number 178 on the underlay carton; Radulf Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1922-2004).

Schwarz 1554 with illustration; Counts Faber-Castell (1958) 178.

Not in Thienemann (1856), Stillfried (1876), Weigel, Art Stock Catalogue I-XXVIII (1838/57), Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX (1885), Coppenrath Collection (1889 f.), Reich auf Biehla (1894), Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger; 1900), Rosenthal, Ridinger list 126 (1940).

Impression of deep black filling from which in her plasticity of chiaroscuro the saint shines translated unapproachably. – With typographic watermark (WANGEN?). – With 2 cm wide margin all-round in which a tear is repaired acid-freely and which has three small joined spots outside left. – Small rubbing off like a thick pinhead outside right of the glory, slight glue trace in the lateral right filling space. Glue traces and black stipples rubbed off besides throughout on the back, both not very moving.

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