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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Leopard is equal to the Tiger

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Le Leopard est semblable au Tigre. The Leopard is equal to the Tiger (“… as one not yet knew to distinguish properly between [these]”, B. Vignier 1676). A couple of  leopards  with their two cubs in rock ambience. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 34. / Cum. Priv. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger. inv. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13¾ × 16⅞ in (34.9 × 43 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 229. – Sheet 34 of the Study of the Wild Animals with the 20-lines caption of the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German. – With floral & typographic watermarks.

The copy of the Dukes of Arenberg

with their oval blue armorial collection stamp CH(RISTUS). PROTECTOR MEUS along with the three medlar blooms (Lugt 567; ⅜ × ¼ in [10 × 8 mm]) on the back. – Margins 2.5-4.3 cm wide.

Offer no. 16,189 / price on application

– – – The same as impression of shining-marvelous quality. – Margins on three sides 2-3.4, on the right 4.5 cm wide. – Small rust spot in the left fore paw of the animal in the center of the subject. In the foliage on the left small worm-hole. On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson.

Offer no. 15,598 / price on application

– – – The same as above, a weeny touch less shining, but with extremely wide white margins still with the two parallel pricks of the installment stitching in the left margin.

Offer no. 28,093 / price on application