Politicians  may  come  or  go  –

Saxony  will  stand  fast

Saxon  from  the  18th + 19th  Century


Saxe, Carte de la Haute, et de la Lusace. Upper Saxony and Lusatia. With title-cartouche and miles indicator. Map by Edme Mentelle (1730-1815), historiographer of the Comte de Artois, engraved by P. F. Tardieu (i. e. Antoine François Tardieu L’Estrapade, 1757 Paris 1822). (1788.) 14 × 18½ in (35.6 × 47 cm).

Watermark. – Centred on Leipsic , Dresden finely in the right centre field . – Up to Goslar – Potsdam – Fürstenwalde – Sagan – Greiffenberg – Eger – Schweinfurt – Eschwege .

Offer no. 7,355 / EUR  138. (c. US$ 174.) + shipping

Dresden. Central view. Wood engraving after a photography. (1886.) 5¼ × 7¾ in (13.2 × 19.8 cm). – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,530 / EUR  85. (c. US$ 107.) + shipping


Daumier, Honoré (Marseille 1808 – Valmondois 1879). L’Unité Allemande. The roller of Mars levels out the dead, as there are Württembergers, Badensers, Bavarians, Hannoverans, Saxons, Hesses. Lithograph. (1870-71.) Monogrammed, otherwise as above. 8¾ × 7⅛ in (22.2 × 18.1 cm).

Delteil 3831, III (of 3) with ills. of this state. – Careful impression on better paper without the text on the back and the Actualité series title.

Worked  in the great style of the final years, omitting all material and “accusing the wrong of the war in symbolic figures only” (Glaser). – See the complete description.

Offer no. 13,385 / EUR  404. / export price EUR  384. (c. US$ 484.) + shipping

Saxony – (Saxon States, Map of the Grand Ducal + Ducal.) With title & 2 explanation cartouches and small separate map of the western possession of Idar-Oberstein – Birkenfeld – Ottweiler. Detail map by Walther after Friedrich Wilhelm Streit (Ronneburg, Thuringia, 1772 – Berlin 1839) in steel engraving by A. Heimburger, colored in outline. (1833-37.) 9¼ × 10⅞ in (23.4 × 27.5 cm).

Rich local references including postal routes + stations, navigabilities, mountain passes, universities + high schools . – Up to Bleicherode – Halle – Penig – Plauen – Münchberg – Thurnau – Haßfurt – Hünfeld – Waldkappel . – Centred on Weimar – Rudolstadt .

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“(T)he  Political , Economical  and  Cultural  Life  of

Europe  and  North  America

(influenced  by  the  Reformation).



The  Visitation  of  the  Church  in  Saxony

as  the  Cause  for  Luther’s  Large + Small  Catechism

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Evangelische Kirchen Visitation. View through a curtain hold together at the top by rocaille title-cartouche with palm branches onto a meeting of the consistory with Luther and his sovereign at the center of the assembled secularity and clergy disputing and studying writings under the maxim John V, 39 “Look for in the Book” composed “stage-like in the sense of a closed scene” (Schöne). The inner circle at the table in the center, the outer in a wide semicircle. Between the upper windows of the otherwise covered walls paintings to I Sam. VII, 16 / II Kings 11, 1, 4 + 5 / Matt. IX, 35 / Acts VIII, 14 + Acts XV, 36. Etching by Johann Jacob Kleinschmidt (1687 Augsburg 1772). (1727.) Inscribed in the plate: Elias Riedinger (sic!) delin. / Ioh. Iacob Kleinschmidt Sculpsit, otherwise as above. 9¼ × 12½ in (23.6 × 31.7 cm).


Collection  Alfred  Coppenrath , Regensburg,

his  sale  part  II  (Leipsic 1889),  no.  1606
and  qualified  there  as

“ Extremely  scarce  broadsheet  in  undescribed  state ”,

on the latter see, however, below.

Marsch, Bilder zur Augsburger Konfession und ihren Jubiläen, Weißenhorn 1980. – Stillfried (1876) + Schwarz (1910) 1381; Reich auf Biehla 282 ( “Backed. / Interesting sheet … Extremely rare”, 1894 !); Boerner CXXII, 1385 (the copy of Conte Constanza C.....a, Milan, “Utmost scarce”, 1913) + Wend, Additions to the catalogues raissonée of prints, I, 1 (1975), Ridinger 43.

The picture worked within the scope of the “Augsburg Peace Paintings” (1650/51-1789) is meant for the 1728 annual gift. At which the typographic accompanying text “is only glued in many cases” (Gode Krämer; in this manner the copies Stillfried, Schwarz, Faber-Castell), and thus printed separately. The copy of the Augsburg Municipal Art Collections, however, is printed on the back of the etching as probable mark of origin from one of the rare Augsburg omnibus volumes of the set arranged chronologically, but more or less without constraint. So in the first instance by Baumgartner, then by Joh. Michael Roth (1732, a further one with 1749 foreword).

After ending of the Peace Paintings in 1789 Roth then presented the whole set in 1790 at which the pictures up to inclusive of 1731 – as then here, too – were printed onto the backside of the text of the year before. As well in its sequence as in its far more generous typography the 1727 text here diverges from the former Augsburg copy. Larger also the initial, the varying text arrangement besides more restrained ornamental border. From this edition then the copy here should be: the Ridinger/Kleinschmidt engraving to 1728 is found on the back of the text to the “Peace Painting” of 1727. What ever again leads to the wrong judgement as an undescribed proof impression.

Generally by the way not in Thienemann (1856), in Weigel’s Artstock Catalog, parts I-XXVIII (1838-1857), at the Ridinger tycoon Hamminger (1895), in Helbing’s (Ridinger) Catalog XXXIV (1900, 1554 items!) !

Watermark: crown over coat of arms. – In the upper left corner of the broad white margin repaired triangular tear of c. 1-1.5 cm, the upper margin with slim trace of dirt, absolutely smoothed centerfold not visible from the front, otherwise quite untouched. – On the back 2 columns of 50 lines of typographic text :

“ Friedens=Gemähld ,
Der  Evangelischen  Schul=Jugend  in  Augspurg,  bey  wiederholtem
Danck=  und  Frieden=Fest,  den  8. Augusti  Anno  1727.  ausgetheilet.
Genommen  aus  der  Heil.  Schrifft  und  der  Reformations=Historia.

Following an outline of the history of the reformation, its spreading over northern Europe and its victims.

Besides 79 years Peace of Westphalia the most eminent historical background of the remembrance by the Augsburg Celebration of Peace – and by this cause of the broadsheet – is the bicentennial of

“(the)  famous  Visitation  of  the  Church  in  Saxony ,

by  which  the  new  Church  became  really  visible ”

(Meyer’s Konv.-Lexikon, 4th ed., IX, 781 + X, 1023) by which all began in 1527 or even 1526 according to newer literature.

Stimulated by Luther and since October 1528 also directed by himself through this visitation

“ Saxony  is  the  mother  country  of  the  Reformation .

It  is  SAXONY’S  contribution  to  world  history .

The confessional churches emerging from the reformation Lutherans, Reformed Church, Anglicans and the spiritualistic movements

influenced  the  political,  economical  and  cultural  life  in

Europe  and  North  America ”

(Christian Zühlke, Die Reformation in Sachsen, in Von der Liberey zur Bibliothek – 440 Jahre Sächsische Landesbibliothek, 1996, p. 123).

This then the setting of this in so many regards interesting and rare sheet, engraved instantaneously after Ridinger’s drawn model.

Offer no. 28,970 / EUR  670. / export price EUR  637. (c. US$ 803.) + shipping

Welcome  at  the  Famous  Place  of  Tradition

Leipsic Fair – Invitation. Rose as opening motif set into fivefold golden line on black ground. Body color. At the reverse design pattern of a typographic invitation design in gold + black as well as rose vignette repeated twice with executed central text

“ Exhibition  at  the  Leipsic  Fair ”.

C. 1920. Inscribed in German as above. 5⅝ × 3½ in (142 × 90 mm).

Elegant  illustration  design  on cardboard. – On the back lower right written reg. no. R. 473. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 28,911 / EUR  130. (c. US$ 164.) + shipping

From  the  Century  when  the  Fair  went  on

(Leipsic, Woman from.) 1592. Colored wood engraving heightened with gold. (1877-84.) 8⅛ × 5½ in (20.5 × 14 cm). – Lipperheide Ad 46. – Leaves for the Knowledge of Costumes NF. 201.

Traditional costume from the century when the fair went on. For the “Leipsic Fairs (developing from the early markets) … obtained only a larger importance when in 1507 Emperor Maximilian I vested the city with the right of staple and depot” (Meyer’s Convers.-Lex., 4th ed., Leipsic 1889, X, 665/I). And in 1711 Leipsic surpassed the older Imperial Fairs of Frankfort on the Main. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 16,077 / EUR  110. (c. US$ 139.) + shipping

“ to  prefer  a  cure  perhaps  strange  to  many

to  the  certain  death  of  the  patient ”

(Mandate of Frederick Augustus Duke of Saxony Against the Running About of the Dogs and the Hydrophobia in General and What is to do against it. Along with the annexes “Cause of the Hydrophobia of the Dogs and the Symptoms of such Rabies” and “Instruction How one has to behave in Case of a Bite of Rabid Dogs and How one can take Precautions against the Sad After-Effects”). Published Dresden September 7, 1782. Ibid., Electoral Saxon Court-Printing, (1782). Fol. (13¾ × 8¼ in [34.8 × 21 cm]). With two vignettes in woodcut. 12 ll. With the printed ducal signature along with the “L(oco) S(igilli)” mark and counter-signatures by George Wilhelm von Hopffgarten + the secretary Chr. Gottlieb Kretzschmar in the same way. Stitched.

File number “Nom: 13.” by old hand on title. – Especially the main part in beautiful, large typography. – Wide-margined.

Extraordinarily  rich  decree

on  combat  +  cure  of  hydrophobia .

Beginning with the reduction of the dogs in general, regular catching of dogs running about, and the general means of keeping and leading dogs. Further “all dogs have to be cut the so-called mad-worm without exception” by publicly appointed persons and in pharmacies, but also at other places, sufficient medicine “prepared from may-worms” has to be kept in stock.

But of quite outstanding interest the “detailed description” of the causes of the hydrophobia on two pages and, above all,

the  directions  for  the  therapy  of  a  bitten  man  on  8  pages

with all details in respect of cleansing the wound, hygiene, rest, diet – elder-flower-tea – and animated care.

This richness of details makes the mandate to a really good source. Next to the so-called mad-worm that’s elimination – so with a Prussian decree of 1797 – was diagnosed as worthlessly later. And quite especially in comparison with the following 16-page mandate of 1796 (see following nos. 13,082 + 13,083) which attaches importance to the hygiene of animal + man generally as being absent still here. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 13,081 / EUR  496. / export price EUR  471. (c. US$ 593.) + shipping

One  of  Ridinger’s  only  two  own  Saxon  motifs :

Dug  out  on  the  Completion  of  Hubertusburg  Castle ,


in  Salutation  of  the  Conclusion  of  Peace  there  in  1763

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This very rare white badger which was speckled with yellow reddish and dark chestnut spots has been dug out and hunted in the park near St. Hubertusburg the 5th 9bris in the year of 1724. On a pass to the right, certain of its future, and basking in the sun. Behind it rocks and woods, in front wild herbs on low rocks. Etching + engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). (1763.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et exc. Aug. Vind. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculpsit., otherwise in German as before. 14 × 10⅜ in (35.4 × 26.3 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 316; Reich auf Biehla Collection 71. – Missing in the Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX (1885). – Sheet 74 of the only posthumously completed set of the Most Wondrous Deer and other Animals, together the first of these executed by son Martin Elias, who overcame his father’s weariness starting about 1756 by this. Therefore the caesura given for the work by the

Hubertusburg  “Peace”  Badger

is obvious. The following sheets, also etched by Martin Elias, concern events from 1763 and thus allow for the general chronological classification of the one here, too.

But analogously to the “salutatory work” Th. 274 to the return to Munich of the Wittelsbach elector Charles Albert as Holy Roman Emperor Charles VII in 1744, historically secured by the dating (1744) and the textual actualizing (“Imperial” pleasure seat), and based on its proven anyway near chronological surrounding and thus besides its missing date, the work of the Hubertusburg badger here may be valued, too,

as  being  dedicated  to  the  conclusion  of  peace  there .

In local regard though the zoologically rare badger is together with the equestrian portrait of elector Frederick Augustus II as Polish king Augustus III (Th. 830; “lived as enthusiastic hunter mostly in Hubertusburg Castle”, Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., vol. II, p. 96/I)

one  of  Ridinger’s  only  two  own  Saxon  motifs .

Marvelous impression of rich contrasts and a warm tone on buff laid paper. On the back surrounding marginal tape from previous framing and a corresponding light streak on the front in the 2.8-5.1 cm wide white margin. Small backed tear lower left.

Offer no. 13,222 / EUR  654. / export price EUR  621. (c. US$ 782.) + shipping

(Mandate of Frederick Augustus Duke of Saxony Regarding the Restriction of Dog-Ownership and the Precautions to arrange against the free running about of the dogs and for prevention of the danger to be afraid of rabid dogs. Along with the annexes “Causes of the Hydrophobia of the Dogs and the Symptoms of such Rabies” and “Instruction How one has to behave in Case of a Bite by Rabid Dogs and How one can take Precautions against the Sad After-Effects.) Published Dresden April 2, 1796. Ibid., Electoral Saxon Court-Printing, (1796). Fol. (13¾ × 8⅝ in [34.8 × 22 cm]). With large initial vignette in woodcut and a second one. 16 ll. With the printed ducal signature along with the “L(oco) S(igilli)” mark and counter signatures by Friedrich Adolph von Burgsdorff + the secretary Friedrich Moßdorf. Stitched. Uncut.

File number “Nom. 23” by old hand on title. – Last four ll. with small worm-gallery in the wide white upper margin. Final leaf with two brownspots. – Especially the main part in beautiful, large typography. – Wide-margined.

Extraordinarily  rich  decree

on  combating  +  curing  of  hydrophobia

with direct reference to the previous mandate of September 7, 1782 (see above), “for the purpose was not achieved sufficiently … we have felt Ourselves … obliged … to issue another mandate and in that,

after  the  experiences  made  since  the  publishing  of  the  mandate  above ,

to collect all that what in respect of the subject has to be observed in future”.

Beginning with the reduction of the dogs generally and their keeping and leading the former liability to cut the so-called mad-worm

–  as  diagnosed  as  being  worthless  –  is  no  longer  mentioned  here.

New in the decree, however,

–  and  that  is  the  introduction  of  the  precautionary  quarantine  –

“ for averting the most sad after-effects to be afraid of rabid dogs … each dog-owner … has to observe minutely his one and to lock it in at once if he feels symptoms – as described in annex I – how vague ever they may be. But if the surmise will be true the dog has to be killed immediately. ”

And  thereupon  complete  hygiene  follows  on  the  quarantine :

“ A killed rabid dog … just as all other animals bitten or killed by a rabid dog has to be buried two yards under ground at least – so already per 1782 – and to be covered with lime. Also it is proceeded with caution that nothing is touched with one’s bare hands, but

with  gloves  or  by  help  of  wooden  poles

which instruments are thrown along into the pit … and not in a river or run flowing by.

“ All garments, beds, resting-place, and other tools a sick person bitten by a rabid dog and really befallen by the rabies has used, likewise the articles of clothing a rabid dog may have touched when it attacked a person also if it did not bite really the latter have to be burned up or buried in the same way and with the same caution as above. ”

Of outstanding interest furthermore the 3½-page “detailed description by Our Board of Health” on the causes of the hydrophobia enriched by new aspects and enlarged almost twice the size compared with the former one and here, freed of some absurdities, especially the

6½-page  instruction  to  treat  to  a  bitten  person

with all details to clean the wound, hygiene, rest, temperature, food – elder-bloom-tea – and animating care, but not without consultation of a physician or – at least – a qualified bather at the earliest. Compared to the edict of 1782 additionally also

the  instruction  to  first  self-help

as  also  the  ligature  of  the  affected  parts  of  the  body

“ by  that  the  sucking  in  of  the  poison  will  be  stopped ” .

But in such a way

a  medical  and  hygiene-historic  example  of  first  rank .

See the complete description.

Offer no. 13,082 / EUR  496. / export price EUR  471. (c. US$ 593.) + shipping

The  Hygiene  is  realized  as  Protection  against  Illness :

“ (Besides the dogs always have to be kept clean ;
therefore they have to be bathed, brushed or combed often ,
their kennels and throughs have to be cleaned) ”

(Directions to the Inhabitants of the Towns and the Country regarding the restriction of dog-ownership and the prevention of the danger to be afraid of rabid dogs. Repeating the mandate of April 2, 1796, along with the accompanying annexes “Causes of the Hydrophobia of the Dogs and the Symptoms of such Rabies” and “Instruction How one has to behave in Case of a Bite of Rabid Dogs and How one can take Precaution against the Sad After-Effects.) (Dresden) 1797. Sm. 4to (8⅛ × 6¾ in [20.5 × 17 cm]). 24 pp. Stitched.

File number ”Nom: 24“ by old hand on title. The latter browned, a little dirty and with a small inconspicuous worm-gallery quite minimally touching also the following leaf.

The  billboard  version

of  the  extraordinarily  content-rich  edict

on  combating  and  curing  the  hydrophobia ,

recapitulating the regulations of the mandate of April 2, 1796 which updated that of September 7, 1782 in partially changed order

in  sentences  as  short  as  pregnant .

Of outstanding interest not least the

10-page  instruction  on  the  treatment  of  a  bitten  person .

Compared to the edict of 1782 additionally also the instruction to first self-help as in 13,082, too.

But in such a way not just showing exemplary the transfer of chancellery’s law into everyday life, but a medical- and hygiene-historic example of first rank. And here additionally attractive as the

string-version  to  hang  out .

See the complete description.

Offer no. 13,083 / EUR  345. / export price EUR  328. (c. US$ 413.) + shipping

Meissen – Mannfeld, Bernhard (Dresden 1848 – Frankfort/Main 1925). Meissen. Central view from above on town, Church of Our Lady, cathedral, and Albrechtsburg. In front large, on the streets small figures. Etching printed in brown. C. 1875. Inscribed: Orig.-Rad. v. B. Mannfeld. / Druck v. O. Felsing. Berlin., otherwise as above. 9⅝ × 7⅛ in (24.3 × 18.2 cm).

View from the years of the restauration of the Albrechtsburg (1873-83). The two towers of the cathedral only added 1902-08 however. – With addresses of printer and publisher O. Felsing and Alexander Duncker, both Berlin, resp. – From a set of 1889. – The wide white margin of the light cardboard here and there most minimally foxing. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 11,304 / EUR  97. (c. US$ 122.) + shipping

Dedicated  to

Christian  Ludwig  von  Hagedorn

(Hamburg 1712 – Dresden 1780)

Saxon  Legation  Councillor


Director  General  of  the  Dresden  Academies  +  Galeries

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Deer’s Four Times of Day. Set of 4 sheet in etching & engraving. C. 1746. Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger Pictor ac Sculptor Augustan. (1) and J. E. Ridinger fec. (2-4) resp., otherwise as following, with the respective motto each above the oval picture the corners of which are hatched out. 13½-13⅝ × 10¾-11⅛ in (34.3-34.6 × 27.7-28.2 cm).

Thienemann 238 inscribed with ”J. E. Ridinger Pictor ac sculptor Agustan.“ below the dedication to the Saxon (Secret) Legation Councillor of the king of Poland and later director general of the Dresden Academies and Galeries, the brother of the poet,


Pontiff  Poloniar.  Regis  a  Consiliis  Legationum,
Viro  et  avitae  Nobilitatis  Splendore
et  artis  graphicæ  usu, cultu, amore  inter  graviora  negotia  Spectabili
D. D. D.,

and Th. 239-241, with ”J. E. Ridinger fec.“ resp. Additionally above the oval image whose corners are hatched out:

Morning – Lucem revehit tenebris Aurora fugatis
In a rocky landscape a troop welcoming the new day.

Noon – Sol mediam coeli terit arduus arcem
A troop of three by a strong tree in a forest.

Evening – Ast(e)rifero procedit Vesper olympo
Father, mother and son under the starry sky.

Midnight – Jam medio volvuntur Sidera lapsu
Rutting season at moonlight.

The marvelous , warm-toned rich in contrast copy of an old omnibus volume of a nobleman and by this

preserved  best  through  the  centuries

with watermark WANGEN as the quality particularly esteemed by the Ridingers. Margins above & below 5-6.8, laterally 1.9-3.2 cm wide, at the left the old stitching edge. The Evening sheet with pinhead-small abrasion in the rock part above the group of three, otherwise prime. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,701 / price on application

Meissen with the Albrechtsburg. Vista from the opposite bank with the bridge. Wood engraving at Carl Angerer (1838-1916), Vienna. (1886.) Inscribed: CA (ligated) ph., otherwise in German as above. 3½ × 4¾ in (8.9 × 11.9 cm). – Continuous text on both sides on Dresden and environs. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 9,431 / EUR  25. (c. US$ 31.) + shipping

Electoral  Saxon  Fountain  Specialist-General


Marketing  Expert  285  years  ago:


Kyaw – (The World-Famous Königstein Fountain’s Address out of His Depth to Those looking at him from above.) 24 lines. C. between 1715 and 1733. Sm. folio. 1 sheet.

Surrounded by a wide setting the quite whimsical poem (broadsheet?) tells the fountain’s story and sings the praise of the beneficialness of its water:

“ … am I now savoury, fresh, and pure / Even better against the thirst than Alicantian wine … / Regale yourself with me, you, my esteemed guests / And don’t be frightened there above since I stand fast below. ”

The dating of this

quite  unique  early  advertising  message

is given by the mention of both Elector August the Strong of Saxony and Friedrich Wilhelm of Kyaw (also Kyau) who was especially responsible for the development of the fountain. As an electoral Saxon major-general in 1715 he became commander of the Königstein where he died in 1733 as lieutenant-general. The very same year as the Elector, a friend to him, and still living when the poem was published since

“ The cup which, as a remembrance, stands here / Elector August himself has turned with his hands / Thus pour out to the health of Him who  still  protects me … ”

The origin by the earthy Kyaw should be revealed as well by the quotation of August who was fond of him as of his own close connection to the fountain “where he created much still being” (Mr. Poten in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie) that is to be found in the poem itself:

“ The Baron of Kyaw has done my fountain-house / For that neither ice nor snow nor rain touch me. / What for forty years people turned on my base / That my general completed in one year / Hence I am now savoury … ”

Besides not bothering foldings evenly quite lightly browned with only single additionally negligible spots of foxing and age. Otherwise wide-margined, with deep typography and large watermark.

For  Saxon  local  as  well  as  German  cultural  history

just  as  for  the  friend  of  savourable  water

a  singular  collection  jewel .

See the complete description.

Offer no. 14,420 / EUR  199. (c. US$ 251.) + shipping

Witzel, K. (Ed.). (Practical Forestry Guide for Timber Buyers, Timber Industrialists, and Forest Officers. Conditions of felling, stand, wood quality, roads, workers, transportation, lodgings, telephone, postal, and railway connections of the forest offices and districts. From informations by the public head foresters.) 2 vols. Berlin, Parey, 1926. VIII, 432 pp. incl. 4 pp. ads.; X, 496 pp. incl. 6 pp. ads. Orig. cloth with stamped back and front board.

Mantel I, 56 – In German. – Richly commented guide to the east and northern German forests: I: East Prussia / Border March / Brandenburg; II: Pomerania / Silesia /  Saxony  + Thuringia / Schleswig-Holstein / Hannover. – Several stamps and inventory numbers on inner boards, titles, and inside on the lower margin (2 and 6 resp.). – Withdrawn copy of the forestry academy Eberswalde.

Offer no. 12,221 / EUR  151. (c. US$ 190.) + shipping

“ Excellent  and  the  Best  by  this  Master

here ”  in  Dresden

( J. W. v. Goethe )

Ruisdael, Jacob van (Haarlem 1628/29 – Amsterdam 1682). The Stag Hunt. Light wooded landscape with vast swamp through which the par force hunt in the foreground passes. Animal and figure accessories by Adriaen van de Velde (1636 Amsterdam 1672). Etching in outline washed with sepia by Adrian Zingg (St. Gallen 1734 – Leipsic 1816). Sheet size 17 × 22⅝ in (43.3 × 57.5 cm).

Kuhlmann-Hodick et al. (ed.), Adrian Zingg, Wegbereiter der Romantik (2012), 3 (partially with grey wash, before the letter; sheet size 18⅜ × 25½ in [46.7 × 64.9 cm]) with illustration; Nagler, Zingg (1852), 4, II (of II; I before the letter) and, Ruysdael, XIV, page 101.

Slive, Jacob van Ruisdael, 1982, per 37 and Jacob van Ruisdael, Master of Landscape, 2005, per 38 resp., both times unchanged  erroneously  as  in  reverse , albeit 2005 expressly designating as reception work for the Dresden Academy, thus not confounding with the reverse etching for the Dresden gallery work by Zingg’s pupil Christian Augustus Günther likewise mentioned by him. So his indication may refer to that small-sized (9½ × 11¼ in [24 × 28.5 cm]) reverse etching recorded in Brunswick with Adrian Zingg as engraver (inv. no. AZingg V 2.6176). Provided he did not just conclude from Zingg’s other reception work, the, as the rule, indeed reverse Evening Landscape with Travelers after Jan Both (K.-H. 4), on Ruisdael’s Stag Hunt.

Hence Slive would not have seen even just an image of Zingg’s present reception work. Whose to be stated expressly sameness with the original besides a lucky chance among the throughout inverted reproduction prints. And this then even in the case of

Ruisdael’s  infinitely  famous

hunt  in  Dresden ,

reckoned by Wurzbach (1906/11) among the “most important and finest (of his paintings) in existence” and listed as the first one of the twelve there. As he then classifies him practically in unison with predecessors and successors as

“ indisputably  the  most  eminent  landscape  painter

the  history  of  art  knows. ”

And especially with regard to the forest motifs he considers the environs of Cleves which he might have perambulated.

And Slive (1982) pp. 70 f. recalls Goethe by the words

“ Goethe made no remarks about the Dresden ‘Cemetery’ in the catalogue he annotated during the course of his visit to the Dresden Gallery in 1790 … He did, however, make notes about six other Ruisdaels in the collection.

The  one  which  made  the  strongest  impression

was  the  artist’s  ‘Stag  Hunt’

‘Excellent  and  the  best  by  this  master  here’ …

(yet) the painting was not cited in his essay on ‘Ruisdael as Poet’ published sixteen years later. The changes in Goethe’s taste for Ruisdael’s work cannot detain us here, but it is worth mentioning that his deep admiration for the artist was a lifelong one, and he collected works by and after the artist. ”

Zingg owed his development in the especially also coloristic subject to Aberli at Berne, who put him in contact with Wille in Paris, with whom he stayed seven years and now also learned the engraving from paintings. 1766 Christian Ludwig von Hagedorn, whom Ridinger’s sole own engraved dedication per The Deer’s Four Times of Day was for, had him appointed as

professor  for  the  art  of  engraving  to  Dresden ,

to which he remained faithful throughout his life. Where he, however, against the conditions of employment there created with the works after Ruisdael & Both “the only large-sized engravings after other’s designs … (and rather turned) himself to the landscape which he drew from nature and reproduced in his studio”, so Anke Fröhlich in the above K.-H., page 101.

Jacob van Ruisdael, The Stag Hunt (Dresden)

His present Ruisdael rendering the one which in literature. With the swamp extended in the foreground as against the original. With splendid depth of the picture

the  original  painting

in  its  light  brown  is  of  great  charm .

“ He trained many pupils here, who generally had to help his own commercial purpose, and established a lively trade with wash sepia drawings and outline etchings ”

(Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie XLV, 323) as “a new, particular manner of reproduction prints which produced the

impression  of  an  original  drawing ”

(Claudia Schnitzer in K.-H., page 37). In addition to this Sabine Weisheit-Possél ibid. pp. 67 ff.:

“ (D)rawing  and  print

frequently  are  hard  to  be  distinguished  with  the  unaided  eye …

A confusion of the technique is no uncommonness … In most print collections there are works of Zingg’s recorded as drawings, which in truth are washed etchings in outline … After printing … the impressions were washed by hand and

then  trimmed  to  the  edge  of  the  subject

so that the platemark dented into the paper, the characteristic of prints pure and simple, disappears … All this the artist applied with the aim to reproduce his popular drawings as exactly as possible, yet in huge numbers and to impart on them at the same time the

‘ Aura  of  an  Original ’.”

Where “in huge numbers” nonetheless is to be understood quite relatively, rather conceptually. For his sheets are rare, as the with 1852 far more contemporary Nagler reports as connoisseur of degree of also the market. For he “was thrifty with the impressions since he wanted to secure the proceeds for his later years should unemployment or weakness befall him. Only 1804 … Tauchnitz induced him to publish his works. They were published in 4 installments (so supposedly then the stag hunt, too) … before the letter, and … with the same … For long he was regarded as the greatest landscape draughtsman of late years, and also his landscape engravings were praised as model. However, in the course of the years he was surpassed by other artists and obscured especially by (William) Woollett (1735-1785)”.

Striking  proof  of  rareness  in  the  case  here  its above obvious ignorance in natura with Slive and the seemingly only presumable knowledge of a washed copy in Dresden (“On the academic exhibition 1770 he certainly showed one version worked with sepia …”, so Anke Fröhlich in K.-H., page 100, on occasion of the but partially washed state in Dresden).

What all the more decidedly qualifies the as against the latter considerable  edge  trimming  of  the  copy  here  – affected the left part of the picture ending barely with the main tree’s terminating branches and the water area below extended anyway as against the original with even so still 1.5 cm margin to the lowest line of the two hounds far left – as to be considered possible, that this could be original and just goes beyond the trimming documented already afore. For the three times two each (bottom left & top right each diagonally to each other, bottom right one beneath the other) and top left one pinhead-small little holes in the corners suggest a mounting in the studio.

On the back margins backed of old all round with rough broad strip of paper, both the two upper corners slightly obtrusively stained in the brown of the wash. In the sky part top left closed margin tear 8 cm deep, a further one of 1.5 cm in the lower margin. The left lower corner tolerably rubbed. Generally thusly indeed age-marked, yet still quite fine, worth viewing and framing, indeed, a splendid large sheet.

Résumé :

Zingg’s  adequate  large  sheet

in  original  wash

after  one  of  the  most  celebrated  Ruisdaels

in  Dresden .

See the complete description.

Offer no. 28,995 / EUR  1380. / export price EUR  1311. (c. US$ 1652.) + shipping

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(Herr T. L., 9. Januar 2011)