Johann Elias Ridinger, The Bears have Two, rarely 3 Cubs

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Les Ours ont 2. rarement 3. petis, deviennent grands a l’age de 5. ans et vivent a 20. ans et plus. The Bears have Two, rarely 3 Cubs; reach their Size in the 5th Year; live more than 20 Years. 7-headed extended family “on and under or beside rocks” in full action with both the two mothers, supported by their each two cubs, squabbling with each other, while the master of the grotto is not concerned by all that. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 31. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger invent. delin. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13⅝ × 16⅞ in (34.6 × 42.8 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 226. – Sheet 31 of the Study of the Wild Animals with the caption of the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German. – With WANGEN watermark as so characteristic for contemp. impressions. – Margins on three sides 3.7-4.9, above 3.2 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back. Small margin tear and minimal tear off backed acid-freely. – Of shining-marvelous quality & raised rarity.

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– – – The same. Margins on three sides 2.6-3.5, on the right 4.6 cm wide. – Backed tear in the lower margin extending up to the platemark with trace of old adhesive tape on the back. In the foliage on the left small worm-hole. On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson. – Of likewise shining-marvelous quality and therefore rarity.

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