Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Wild Ducks, stalked by Wildcats and Foxes. 2 sheet. Etchings with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: Johann El. Ridinger inv. et del. 1762. / Martin El. Ridinger sculps. 1770. Aug. Vind. 14⅜ × 10½-10⅝ in (36.4-36.6 × 26.8-26.9 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 389-390; Weigel XXVIII, 22, A (of A-B); Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1889/90 ( “Very rare”, thereof the latter “Without platemark, mounted”, 1885! ); Coppenrath Collection 1547 ( “Rare sheets”, 1889/90! ); Reich auf Biehla Collection 130 ( “Rare”, 1894! ); Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger), 906 ( “Small set of 2 sheet” , available in just one copy, 1900 ); Schwerdt III, 140, b; Nagler 64.
Cf. the drawings in reverse previously in the collection W. P. Knowles, Rotterdam and Wiesbaden (Lugt 2643), in Augsburg, Ridinger Exhibition Catalog 1967, nos. 72 f. and Biedermann, Meisterzeichnungen des deutschen Barock, 1987, nos. 164 f. with full-page illustrations. There both the two printing plates, too, before in Ridinger Catalog Niemeyer, 1998, no. 52 with color ills.
The extraordinarily charming pendants, for Thienemann and Schwerdt to be assigned to the preceding set of the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt ( “The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings” ), belong to the little which was still missing in the Ridinger collection of Counts Faber-Castell, uniting almost the complete Thienemann stock and dissolved in 1958. – Each with 12-lined caption by Barthold Heinrich Brockes:
“ Nowhere in Life there is some Rest …
The Ducks take a bath. The tom-cat comes along …
“ The wild duck is for a grandseigneur
Not just for amusement. The fox hunts for it with pleasure, too … ”
Uniformly rich impressions of splendidly warm-toned chiaroscuro originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman on firm laid paper as one of Ridinger’s preferred qualities. Margins above & below 4.8-5.1 cm, laterally 2.3-3.7 cm wide. In each the white upper margin still both the two pinholes from the original stitching in numbers.
Offer no. 15,726 / price on application