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Johann Elias Ridinger, Reindeer

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Les Rennes ont leur grandeurs et leurs force à l’age de 5. an, et n’ont ordinairement qu’une petite. The Reindeer reach their Height and Power in the 5th Year usually bring forth but one calf. A capital stag in imperial attitude in “winter landscape with northern lights in Lapland”. Harnessed, but broken loose. Laterally of this, much smaller, a Lapp sleigh span. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 35. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind, otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13¾ × 16⅞ in (34.8 × 42.8 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 230. – Sheet 35 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. – Typographic and large figurative (crown coat of arms with tag) watermarks. – Laterally left each two parallel pricks from previous loose stitching of installments. – Exceedingly wide-margined impression of shining-marvelous quality & therefore rarity.

Offer no. 28,934 / sold

– – – The same, but with WANGEN watermark as so characteristic for contemp. impressions. – Margins on three sides 3.7-4.2, above 2.5 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back.

Offer no. 15,409 / price on application

– – – The same. Margins on three sides 2.4-3.2, on the right 4.5 cm wide. – Slight box pleat in the center of the subject hardly perceptible anymore. In the white lower margin backed tear of 2 cm. – Of likewise shining-marvelous quality and therefore rarity.

Offer no. 15,599 / price on application

also see Hermann Menzler’s slightly varying tone lithograph of this sujet