Johann Elias Ridinger, World WorldJohann Elias Ridinger, Oh Oh

“ World  World — Oh  Oh ”

And  already  125  Years  ago  definitely  Rare !

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). WORLD WORLD. The  foxes  fetched  a banquet in the hen-house, yet at once dogs were set on them, and thus it is about feathers so about hairs. Two foxes – Thienemann comments – , one takes to his heels with a hen in the mouth, the other has dropped the killed cock to defend himself against a dog. Two further packers hurrying down an elevation to take part in the battle. / OH OH. The  night  owls  consumed  a poor little hare, so soon cats come along, too, and liked to take them together with the hare, there it is about hairs so about feathers. An eagle owl – Thienemann comments – , sitting on a captured hare, is attacked by two cats which want to take the hare from it. Above a second owl is about to fly down and prevent the heist.

2  sheet  as  lively  wall-fitting  scenarios

in fine hilly water landscape under the full moon, located each at the opposite end of the same pond. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: XXXIII. and XXXIV. resp. / Joh. El. Ridinger. del: et inv(in): 1753. / M. El. Ridinger. Filio suo. sp. 1777, otherwise in German as before and below. 13⅛ × 9¾ in (33.3 × 24.8 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 376 & 377; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, within 1887 ( “New impressions”, 1885!); Reich auf Biehla Collection 118 & 119 ( “Rare”, 1894!; pl. 34 trimmed to platemark); Helbing XXXIV, Works by J. E. and M. E. Ridinger, 892 & 893 (pl. 34: “Rare”, 1900! ).

The pair XXXIII/XXXIV with wave-shaped arched top of the 46-sheet set To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt (“The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt 1928, and, so Thienemann, “arranged almost throughout so that always two by two harmonize with each other and form pendants, just as they have been sold in pairs, too” ) etched exclusively by Martin Elias after predominantly his father’s designs and concluded posthumously in 1779.

The captions quoted above supplemented by the mottos

“ World  World –
All  brave  bachelors  are  burdensome  to  the  belles ,
but  the  latter  in  their  turn  often  dangerous  to  the  former ”,

– on which Thienemann remarks laconically “Yet how the maidens and bachelors fit in here Ridinger may know” – and

“ Oh  Oh =
There  is  no  end  to  robbing  and  killing ,
and  so  outrage  becomes  the  third  sin . ”

The motif of the eagle owls besides doubtless inspired Friedrich Gauermann (1807-1862) to his oil Fight between Foxes and an Eagle about a Dead Snow Grouse (Boetticher 64) then in the collection Prince Liechtenstein.

Wide-margined impressions of vibrant chiaroscuro originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman on firm laid paper with typographic watermark as one of Ridinger’s preferred qualities

with  the  Roman  numbers

(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.). – In the far white upper margin still both the two pinholes from the original stitching in numbers, at the far right edge of pl. 34 small tidemark.

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