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Johann Elias Ridinger, Boars of Five Years

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Sangliers de cinq ans portent les defenses d’un doigt de longueur et de plus qui sont fort trenchantes. Boars of Five Years carry their tusks one Finger long and more which are very sharp. Three of them in splendid forest lair, the boar in the center rubbing his rind at a mighty double trunk. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 15 / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inven. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin & below. 13½ × 16¾ in (34.3 × 42.4 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 210. – Sheet 15 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. – Reverse detail drawing of the boar from 1735 in Hamburg Kunsthalle. – Margins on three sides 3.5-4, above 2.3 cm wide. In the left margin of the subject slight trace of box pleat, torn and backed below up to the last line of text. Verso there trace of a removed adhesive tape as well as scribbles by a collector’s grandson. A little backed tear also in the white upper margin. At the right lower edge faint fold outside of the text field. – Painterly-beautiful sheet in wide-margined marvelous impression and in such quality rare since old.

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