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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Lion

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Le Lion a toute sa force à l’age de 5. ou six ans, sa grandeur s’augmente encore et il devient fort vieux. The Lion reaches His Complete Strength in the 5th or 6th Year, grows larger even longer and grows very old. Extended grotto with the patriarch dominating the right half of the sheet. Four further males entertain themselves in a side-grotto on the left. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 33. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13⅝ × 16⅝ in (34.5 × 42.3 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 228. – Sheet 33 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. – Margins laterally 3.2-4.2, above & below 2.5-3.1 cm wide. – At the paws of one of the lions in the background unobtrusive small wormhole. In the wide white upper margin small dog’s ear as well as tiny tear backed acid-freely, in the left white margin two narrow tears-off added. – On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson. – Of shining-marvelous quality & therefore rarity.

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– – – The same in not quite so perfect an impression with watermark WANGEN as so characteristic for contemp. impressions just as typographical secondary watermark. – Because of the narrow margins professionally added to the 16⅜ × 20¼ in (41.5 × 51.5 cm) sheet size of the former owner’s other inventory. – Six most trifling (2) to somewhat larger (3) worm-holes in the center of the right half of the sheet. – Centerfold utterly smoothed, small tear in the added margin backed acid-freely.

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