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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Smell

“ Yet  the  Rose  keeps  in  Dispute  always  the  Special  Price ”

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Smell. / Odoratus. Young lady standing on a terrace in a park scenting a rose held with the left of a rose-tree in heavy flower pot on the right side, while the right holds a multi-flowered bell-flower décolleté. Responding to the rose-tree besides a rose of her bonnet. On the left from the park, however, one of the master’s columns of water hails. Mezzotint. Inscribed: Ioh. Elias Ridinger invent. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German-Latin as above and below. 18⅜ × 13¾ in (46.7 × 34.8 cm).

Schwarz (1910) II, 1468 & plate XXVII; Counts Faber-Castell 161 ( “Exceedingly rare set”, 1958); publications of the ridinger gallery niemeyer 12 (1993), each as sheet 3 of the final set of the Five Senses completely illustrated with Schwarz & Niemeyer. As recognized by Stillfried 1876 per 3rd supplement to Thienemann and numbered 1391-1395, yet verifiable for him by the sheet of the gouty man as The Feeling only. – Wend, (Additions to the Catalogs Raisonné of Prints), I/1 (1975), 267, based on Schwarz.

Neither  as  a  whole  nor  in  individual  sheets

not in Thienemann (1856) and therefore also not in Dresden

( “ The  mezzotints  are  almost  unobtainable  in  the  trade …
anymore … and  [their]  by  far  largest  part …
[I  have]  found  [in  the  printroom  Dresden]  only. ” ) ,

Weigel Art Stock Catalog, div. I-XXVIII (1838/57; more than 1000 sheet of Ridinger’s etched/engraved œuvre) , Silesian. R. collection at Boerner XXXIX (1883) , Coll. Coppenrath (1889/90) , R. collection at Wawra (1890; beside 234 drawings 600 prints) , Coll. Reich auf Biehla (1894; “Of all [R. collections traded] since long none can compete in regard of completeness and quality just even approximately with the present one … especially the rarities and undescribed sheets, which are represented in rich number”; 1266 sheet plus 470 duplicates & 20 drawings) , Coll. Georg Hamminger (1895) , R. catalog Helbing (1900; 1554 nos.) , R. listing Rosenthal (1940; 444 nos.) , Count Castell-Rüdenhausen (2005) .

With  German-Latin  quatrain

Mille quidem variis opibus nos Flora beare,
Tempus ut est an(n)i, ac Munera ferre solet;
Nares reficiunt dotes Telluris odore,
Sed manet in pugna gloria prima Rosis.

Ascertained  completely  for  the  first  time  in  the  20th  century – and then even only in the interval of decades , see above – the Perfume of Roses from the third and final set of the Five Senses representing the smell pure and simple in quite evenly excellent black impression of vivid chiaroscuro with margins of 5-7.5 cm ( sic ! ) and watermark WANGEN as for contemporary prints so exemplary as all so additionally scarce with the delicate mezzotints, for already 1675 the expert von Sandrart numbered “clean prints” of the velvety mezzotint at just about “50 or 60” (!). “(A)fterwards (the image) grinds off soon since it does not go deep into the copper”. Correspondingly then 1856 Thienemann as already above including even the Dresden printroom where also not even there then neither the present one nor any of the other four sheets of the set were present.

Smoothed center fold. – Beside the four pinhead-small original pricks in the upper margin one further one there. – The wide white margin inclusive of some acid-freely backed tiniest tears and on the back slightly agespotted,  otherwise  very , very  fine . And , indeed ,

a  cimely  extraordinaire .

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