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Aha  –  Ridinger  for  the  Advanced

Go on to read simply further even if you should think to belong not quite – yet – to the illustrious circle of one of the old school like Julius Hofmann, whom in 1922 the great Max Lehrs praised in the catalog foreword of his precious collection of Prints of all Schools of the 15th to the 19th Centuries – among them Ridinger’s Roe Herd Thienemann 194 and the Hessian Mirror Stag Th. 332 – with the words

“ He was a collector of the old school … He still believed in the importance of the states, of the pointed or rounded plate corners and gave lovely attention to graver slides, etching spots, polished edges, as it only produced the familiar consort with an old friend.

And an old friend the collection was to him all along. He didn’t know greater pleasure than to tackle a portfolio and to view tenderly sheet by sheet in still hours … May every (of these catalog) pearls come to the right place and help to promote and deepen the love and the appreciation there … ”

“It was the otter . Yes , the playful otter” Heinz Sielmann once jubilated. Analogously hereto for us here and today “Yes , the states and nothing than the states” giving all still hunt only the last spice. Really the last? Or but just only the still uncapped last? Still free of the cream bonnet of a crème de la crème , the Cru Exceptionnel of a PETRUS , that “Legend from Pomerol”? So it is.

“ Precious , rare  and  seldom ”

find  their  heightening  in  proof  impressions  before  all  states .

Johann Elias Ridinger, How the Boars ... Proof discharge print ad Th. 66

Namely  in  those  unica  of  the  still  becoming ,

the  bursting  being  filled  of  the  creative  moment ,

blowing at us over the centuries , as if we would look directly over the master’s shoulder , would see ,

how  he  takes  at  hand

Johann Elias Ridinger, Back of the proof discharge print ad Th. 66

a  waste  sheet  already  printed  in  another  manner ,

to  use  its  free  reverse

to  early  proof  of  a  new  work .

Would see , how he than  reaches  for  the  red  chalk  to mark those parts necessary to work on further. And than suddenly , here and today , to hold an offer in hands, as only seasoned addresses are able to make them :

 

Ruddle-marked  Proof  Discharge  Print

from  the  still  unfinished  plate

on  waste  sheet  with  a  mezzotint  torso  on  the  back

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (How the boars are hounded in the open on the ball and forced with a full chase of hounds.) Etching with engraving as discharge print. Sheet size 10 × 13½ in (25.3 × 34.2 cm).

Ad Thienemann + Schwarz 66x). – Verso upper detail of the mezzotint Annunciation Schwarz 1515. – Hardly remarkably cut within the slightly dingy white platemark. Diagonal fold mark in the left lower corner not visible in the just still touched tip of the subject.

Proof  discharge  print  of  the  only  generally  complete  picture

being  still  unfinished  however  in  its  hatching

and  in  such  a  manner  with  corresponding

ruddled  marks  by  the  master  for  working  on

in  all  parts

and, of course, still  before of all letter , too.

“ Because the effect of an engraving is not readable from the plate without further ado like that of a woodcut the artist is used to take proof impressions telling him how and where he has to work on further ”

(Jahn, Wörterbuch der Kunst, 5th ed., 1957, p. 395/II).

Such proofs documenting the running working process and even with also autograph help marks , yes, explicit waste character in respect of the back printed already in another way as mark of special earliness as lying before here are

of  very  greatest  rareness .

Occasionally on the market and highly wanted as precious of old – so Th. 171 in Bavarian private collection or Weigel’s Art Catalog, pt. XV (1850), 17538, “very rare proof impressions before all letter” or so – by fastidious collectors as collection truffles already the ultimately closing states with only still missing letter. But how all the more then here!

Weigel ibid. 17536 could qualify as, however, possibly only approximately comparable since without hint at autograph addition aside from several further “Very rare discharge prints” 2 sheet “Lion and the Elk” as “Very rare, less finished impressions before all letter”. And Helbing’s 1900 Ridinger mammoth offer (cat. XXXIV) came up per 1408 with a proof copy of the Paradise set whose reverses shew as a spectaculum text to the set of the Fair Game being unused there. Baron von Gutmann however as the Ridinger collector in general (Schwarz Catalog) possessed only two proof impressions of origin, thereof Schwarz 93a before all letter, but without qualification as a discharge print, not to mention ruddled marks.

For definitive proof discharge prints with red chalk like the present one provable here alone the two ones to Th. 193/94 at Counts Faber-Castell (1958, no. 27). In such a way then

a  cimelia  of  first  and  foremost  quality  for  the  graphic  Ridinger  œuvre .

x) ENCLOSED

Johann Elias Ridinger, How the Boars ... , Th. 66

the  same  sheet  in  a  good  later  impression  of  the  final  state

in the sheet size of 9¾ × 13⅛ in (24.8 × 33.3 cm), the trimming of the white platemark therewith three-sided a little more than above, the lower margin however – here then thus with the letter – in both cases 3 cm. The subject side not uncleanly time-toned, the back more foxstippled and with four small marginal backings made rather providently.

Offer no. 15,230 / sold

Don’t you hesitate to step nearer and to pay reverence to these fascinating cimelia of artistically creative processes also when you probably are yet less familiar with them in respect of their outstanding rarity. Aren’t we all in art always only on the way , always on the move to a daily new frontier , to deepen our knowledge and – our fulfillment of that “what washes the dust of the everyday off the soul” (Picasso) ? During those still hours in the collection as an always anew refreshing consorting with an old friend.

Advanced-continuations  intended
in  loose  sequence


„ Lieber Herr Niemeyer, vielen Dank für Ihre Antwort und Ihre Mühe! Die von Ihnen genannten Quellen (zur histor. Wolfs-Population in DE) hören sich sehr spannend an und sind sicherlich interessant für meine Arbeit … Ich freue mich sehr über Ihre Unterstützung! Herzliche Grüße aus … “

(Frau K. R., 25. Juli 2016)