Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Le Leopard est semblable au Tigre. The Leopard is equal to the Tiger (“… as one not yet knew to distinguish properly between [these]”, B. Vignier 1676). A couple of leopards with their two cubs in rock ambience. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: Cum. Priv. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger. inv. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13¾ × 16⅞ in (34.9 × 43 cm).
Cf. Thienemann + Schwarz 229. – Sheet 34 of the Study of the Wild Animals with the 20-lines caption of the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German. – With floral & typographic watermarks. – Margins 2.5-4.3 cm wide.
The early impression re-numbered to 34
of the dukes of Arenberg as unknown to literature
with their oval blue armorial collection stamp C H(RISTUS). PROTECTOR MEUS along with the three medlar blooms (Lugt 567) on the back. – Painterly-fine sheet of shining-marvelous quality & therefore rarity.
Offer no. 15,436 / price on application
– – – The same as impression of shining-marvelous quality of the final state with the number “34.” above right. – Margins on three sides 2-3.4, on the right 4.5 cm wide. – Small rust spot in the left fore paw of the animal in the center of the subject. In the foliage on the left small worm-hole. On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson.
Offer no. 15,598 / price on application
– – – The same as above, a weeny touch less shining, but with extremely wide white margins still with the two parallel pricks of the installment stitching in the left margin.
Offer no. 28,093 / price on application