It  cures  oneself  to  Health

Ridinger, Atlas + Hercules (Fountain)
From Ridinger’s set of the Fountains

where  our  Springs  bubble  up

Reflecting …

« (the  sources)  created

to  man’s

good  and  benefit »

by  the  gods  in  mythological  distance

which  they  had  been  taken  care  of

by  the  nymphs  or  muses

as  something  exceedingly  precious

and  only  they  actually  had  the  power  to  provide

the  source

« with  the  natural  powers

one  considered  as  the  reason

of  the  enthusing  and  healing  effects

of  the  water »

Meyers, Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XIII, 511 f., Cult of Springs

The  world-famous

Königstein  Fountain’s

Königstein Spring

Address  out  of  His  Depth

to  Those  So  looking  at  him  from  above

24 lines. C. between 1715 and 1733. Sm. fol. 1 sheet.

Quite  whimsical  marketing ode (broadsheet?) in wide setting, telling the history of the fountain and singing the praise of the wholesomeness of its water:

“ … am  I  now  savoury ,

fresh  and  pure

Also  better  against  the  thirst

than  Alicantian  wine …

Regale  yourself  with  me ,

you  my  esteemed  guests

And  don’t  be  frightened  there  above

for  I  stand  fast  below . ”

The dating of this

quite  unique  early  advertising  message

results from the mention of both Elector Augustus the Strong of Saxony and, as particularly advocating the development of the fountain,

Frederick  William  of  Kyaw  (also Kyau)

who as electoral Saxon major-general and friend of exactly Augustus the Strong had become commander of the Königstein in 1715 where, being appointed lieutenant-general in 1723, he died in 1733. The very same year as the Elector, a friend to him, who still lived when the poem was published for

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

The earthy Kyaw’s authorship, a “man much-mentioned for his witticism and his funny pranks”, should arise from both the mention of Augustus who was fond of him and his own intimate relation with the fountain “where he created much still being” (Mr. Poten in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie) which also follows from 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 … ”

Notorious and famous “for his hilarious pranks” (Hayn-Gotendorf III, 647), his “extended hospitality, his inexhaustible humor, and his (sometimes broad) jokes”, the secret of his best biographer’s pen-name – Gregander, also Cregander, possibly even Kyau’s same-named cousin who extolled the 76th birthday? – has never been lifted. Just as that of the biography of 1735 by the pseudonymous Sincerus Jocosus, missing in Hayn-Gotendorf as well as Weller, while the faked printing place “Cölln”, still unknown to H.-G., could be related to Wittekind in Eisenach. The editions of “Remarkable Life and Deeds of the World-Famous Roy. Polish and Electoral Saxon Lieutenant-General and Commander of the Citadel Königstein … From Reliable News and Documents” between, first, 1735 and 1772 are many, yet even one hundred years later a publisher protected himself by anonymity (Kyau’s Funny Jokes and Rollicking Pranks, publ. by E. v. O...n. 1840).

Not bothering foldings aside evenly quite lightly browned with only isolated further negligible fox and age spots, otherwise fine & wide-margined, with deep typography and large watermark.

For Saxon local as well as German cultural history just as

for  the  friend  of  a  beneficial  water

singularly  charming  collection  jewel

of  a  baronial  fountain  specialist

and  marketing expert  300  years  ago .

Offer no. 14,420 / EUR  199. (c. US$ 218.) + shipping

Bad Soden (Taunus), Drinking Fountain

Soden (Taunus near Frankfort on the Main), At the Drinking Fountain. Rich promenade scenery. Wood engraving for Adolf Closs in Stuttgart. (1875/76.) 13.7 x 18.8 cm.

BACK: Chestnut Wood at Cronberg (Taunus as before). Wood engraving as above after J. (?) Franz. 16.7 x 11.3 cm. – Continuous local text on both sides.

Offer no. 6,222 / EUR  76. (c. US$ 83.) + shipping

From  the  left  an  Aqueduct

runs  the  Water  Pipe  to  the  House …

Weirotter, Franz Edmund (Innsbruck 1733 – Vienna 1771). Aqueduct, leading to the remains of a still partially occupied larger property. In front of it residents and passers-by. Etching. Inscribed: F. E. Weirotter fecit / 8. 2½ × 5¼ in (6.2 × 13.2 cm).

Nagler 8, 8. – Sheet 8 of the 24-sheet “Fifth Suite of Varied Regions of Old Buildings”, dedicated to Maria Christina, royal princess of Hungary and Bohemia, archduchess of Austria and married duchess of Saxony-Teschen.

Rare  superior  representation  of  one  of  those  legendary  aqueducts

as  most  grandiose  creations  of  ancient  architecture .

“ (For) far more developed we find the aqueducts with the Romans where they seldom were run underground, but mostly on arched buttresses, and belonged to the most grandiose creations of ancient architecture. The pipes were made of wood, lead, even leather, but mostly of stony canals. Normally the

pipes  leading  into  the  individual  houses  ( as  here )

… were of lead ”

(Meyer’s Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., I, 107).

Offer no. 16,119 / EUR  158. (c. US$ 173.) + shipping

The  Work  of  Self-Identification

Proving  more  and  more  Important

for  the  Unknown  Ridinger


Ridinger, Hippocrene

inspired  by  Watteau

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Hippocrene. The Horse’s or Muse’s Fountain at the Parnas or Helicon as column of water rising up like a dome. With fountain ornaments, here the overgrown arch of a grotto, dominated by the fountain’s and Muse’s horse Pegasus and populated by the nine Muses as the guardians of the spring as well as river gods as the equally mandatory attributes of the fountain. Before c. 1746. Etching & engraving. 13¾ × 11¼ in (34.9 × 28.7 cm).

Augsburg Art Collections, Exhibition Catalog KUNSTREICH – Acquisitions 1990-2000, 2001, no. 101 with full-page & 4 detail ills.

Dismissed  by  the  master  —  published  for  the  first  time  to  his  300th  birthday

as, so Gode Krämer, then curator of the Augsburg Art Collections,

“a  fine  enlargement  of  Ridinger’s  œuvre …

… to  celebrate  and  document  the  300th  this  way  (is)

so  splendid  and  charming  since  so  appropriate …

Especially  impressing  is … the  modest  number  of  copies  published . ”

One of six Roman numbered I/VI preferential prints in reddish black on heavy laid paper. Besides there are ten ordinary prints in black numbered Arabic 1/10 on the same and some Épreuves d’Éditeur from the not cleaned plate in partly additional colors and on further papers, all

with the autograph signature of ridinger dealer lüder h. niemeyer

together with the date of February 16, 1998

as the master’s 300th birthday, and two remaining with the printer without signature. With the exception of the latter two all with comprehensive stamp to this edition on the back.


composition , obviously  dismissed  by  the  master

and uncovered here during cleaning on the back of the original copper printing plate for the “Evening of the Deer”, Th. 240, of the set of their “Four Times of Day” – worked about 1746 – , thematically near, but autonomous to the group of “Fountains” Thienemann (878-881) called the “Mythological Pyramids”.

Mythological background of the time of interest here is the moment Pegasus “calmed the Helicon rising up to heaven by the ecstasy about the Muses’ songs with a beat of his hoof evoking by this

the  enchanting

Fountain  of  the  Muses  Hippocrene  ”

(Meyer’s Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XII, 804, Pegasos/Horse of the Spring).

Just to the sides of the horse the Muse of Painting not designated for her own with maulstick and palette along with brushes in her left, pressing a groundhigh slab to herself, and Thalia as later guardian of theater in general, here with the comic mask, but in her raised right. What intellectually leads to Hogarth’s later last self-portrait combining both as painter with palette & brush before the canvas, “on which he paints the personification of his artistic inspirations, the comic muse with the mask” (Hogarth Catalog Zurich, 1983, p. 18 along with illustrations pp. 17 & 135, dating the oil on c. 1757, followed by the copper-work – offer per no. 7,612 – published March 29, 1758).

On the same level outwards Aphrodite casting the horoscope and Clio as herald of history. After two bird-shaped gargoyles held by puttos – two reptile-like ones then far down at the bottom – the other five Muses, partly bathing their feet, follow. The two in front right may be Erato related especially to erotic poetry, here without attributes only standing and propping herself up, and Terpsichore responsible for dance & choir singing, but then with plectrum only. Of the two located on the left one with yardstick. In between on the water group of river gods.

The  self-identification  with  the  Muse  of  Painting

is  conspicuous  and  leads  directly  to  his  own  ex-libris ,

Schwarz, Cat. of a Ridinger Collection, 1569 with illustration. On this in front of a herma of Minerva as patroness of the painters, too, a boy rests on his maulstick, holding also a high slab standing on the ground bearing the motto

“ Nulla  dies  sine  linea ”  —  No  day  without  a  brush’s  line

hence as expression of an absolute necessity of life. Accordingly flanked by the instruments of engraving including plate and utensils for painting.

And culminating in Stillfried-Schwarz 1427 along with variant 1477 as the

supremacy  of  death .

With the painters’ utensils now amidst the lumber. And once again next to a large stone slab the master also uses in his ordinary work.

With both ex-libris and Supremacy of Death turning out to be the final support for the claim of Ridinger for the Hippocrene, answering by this also the question of origin of the group of fountains which Thienemann had left unsettled.

Reflecting one of the most famous of those fountains

“ created  for  the  good  and  benefit  of  man ”

by the mythological gods which they had been taken care of by nymphs and Muses as something exceedingly valuable. Only they had the power to provide the spring with

“ the  natural  powers

which  were  seen  as  the  reason

for  the  inspiring  and  healing  effects  of  water ”

(Meyers, ibid., XIII, 511 f., Quellenkultus/Cult of Springs).

And is seen so until today and used in most manifold kinds. Therewith, however, a


as  one  of  the  most  precious  &  delicious  gifts  on  earth .

Created by one of the greatest artists close to nature in fine nearness to Antoine Watteau’s drawings corresponding with each other, “Temple of Diana” & “The Arbor”, both about 1714 and engraved by Gabriel Huquier for the drawing part (1726) of the Recueil Jullienne. In which the different design of the sides of the “Temple of Diana” invited Huquier to work two etchings after this: the Temples of Diana and Neptune (Nagler, Huquier, 41 f.). As then water gardens are present also at the “Arbor”, whose two little water spillers Ridinger quotes in the said water spitting birds held by puttos.

As evidenced also by other examples proved here mostly for the first time Ridinger was decidedly intimately familiar with the Recueil Jullienne and so got inspired for his Hippocrene by the models there mentioned above, however, at a quite different result. See the partly color illustrations of which at Pierre Rosenberg & L. A. Prat, Antoine Watteau / Catalogue raisonné des dessins, 1996, pp. 370-373, 1248/49 & 1402/03 and in the catalogues of the touring exhibitions Washington etc. 1984/85, pp. 140-144, & New York etc. 1999/2000, pp. 108-111.

Almost of the same size as the Watteaus, for Ridinger’s Hippocrene applies what Margaret Morgan Grasselli points out in the 84 catalog to the former’s Arbor :

“ This drawing … is at the same time

one  of  his  most  completed .

Besides it is one of the relatively few ornamental drawings (to which also the “Hounds and Death Game” in Rotterdam belong, p. 106) which are to be ascribed to him with absolute certainty.

Each smallest detail of this drawing indicates that it originates from the time of his greatest maturity: the variety, the wealth of ideas … the perfect design … the distinct energy which penetrates the whole work. ”

And analogously finally

“ … because we don’t have any indications for a painting hereto, we could proceed on the assumption that Watteau had never followed up the project. ”

Ridinger’s Hippocrene published here supposedly for the first time ever in an elitist-small worldwide edition. Not least as a further example of his mastership in imaginative variation entirely unappreciated in the past as, equally related to Watteau, proved here as secured for his “Self-Portrait in the Wood” (Th. XIX, 1) or quite in superior style for his “Cythera Lady” (Schwarz 1471), doubtless true for his “Lady with the Mask” (Schwarz 1458), too. Standing for ripe art supplied from old and great tradition.

“ Great artists seldom cite each other literally. In some cases they pay homage to a predecessor hinting unobtrusively in their own creations at other ideas ”

(Dirk De Vos, Rogier van der Weyden, 1999, p. 36, with the reference to Dieric Bouts [about 1420 – 1475] as the probably first example of “such a fruitful adoption”).

To match the size of the three other plates of the set of the “Deer’s Four Times of Day” present back work might be shortened marginally a little in its composition. Besides printing was done with all the due consideration for the deer scenery on the other side, a handling which inevitably should have been regarded as dispensible in the reverse case, so that the Hippocrene etching was not perfectly virginal anymore. Nevertheless an attractive object on the wall, too.

And last, but not least, beyond all the above-mentioned the evidently intended, yet just so evidently ran offside and ergo dismissed reverence for

Augsburg’s  St.  Ulric

as  the  water  and  fount  patron  of  the  city

in his continual presence in the grandiose Basilica St. Ulric and Afra (see i. a. the corresponding fine woodcut with the Saint in the Hortus Conclusus before a landscape with crosier and book with fish in Berno von Reichenau’s and Adilbertus von Augsburg’s “Gloriosorum christi confessorum Udalrici & Symperti: nec non beatissimae martyris Aphrae, Augustanae sedis patronorum quam fidelissimorum historiae”, Augsburg 1516, but also Gabriel Spitzel’s portrait of Johann Christoph Thenn, protestant parson of the Ridinger age at St. Ulric, worked in mezzotint by Johann Jacob Ridinger).

Reverence left undone yet also with respect to the city’s three famous fountains built between 1593 & 1602 “as main ornaments of Augsburg” (Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., II [1888], 87/II).

Offer no. 13,279 / EUR  1022. / export price EUR  971. (c. US$ 1062.) + shipping

– – – – The same in one of the ten copies in black numbered in Arabic.

Offer no. 13,280 / EUR  868. / export price EUR  825. (c. US$ 902.) + shipping

Schwalbach, Steel Fountain

Schwalbach, At the Steel Fountain in. Rich promenade. Wood engraving after J. Franz. (1875-76.) 16.4 x 12.3 cm. – BACK: Wiesbaden / Greek Chapel. View from below through the wood at the picturesque towers. Wood engraving by Filsinger after Richard Püttner (Wurzen 1842 – Munich 1913). 15 x 9 cm. – On both sides not concluded local text on Wiesbaden.

Offer no. 6,275 / EUR  65. (c. US$ 71.) + shipping

Weirotter, Franz Edmund (Innsbruck 1733 – Vienna 1771). Large property in Tivoli above a water into which a water pipe pours into . Front left peasants with bucket and basket, in the yard above further ones. Etching. Inscribed: F. E. Weirotter fecit / 9. 5¾ × 7⅝ in (14.7 × 19.3 cm).

Nagler 5, 9. – Inscribed by old hand in brown ink “At Tivoli”. – Sheet 9 of the 12-sheet “Second Suite of Regions and Ruins of Old Buildings”, dedicated to the imperial and royal secretary of the exterior and interior portfolios George Prince of Starhemberg. – With typograph. watermark. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,054 / EUR  135. (c. US$ 148.) + shipping


Jus  Fluviaticum  or  Water  Law

in  all  its  ramifications

of  1672

accompanied  by  2fold  noble  provenance

thereof  the  one  of  Karl  Ernst  Schmid

(Weimar 1774 – 1852? ; ADB XXXI, 675 f.)

as  later  holder  of  Fritsch’s  chair  in  Jena

Detailed  description  available


Baden-Baden, Kursaal

Baden-Baden – Kursaal in Baden, Before the. Both the latter as the terrace brightly illuminated, richest figure scenery. Wood engraving by C. or F. Bauer after Richard Püttner (Wurzen 1842 – Munich 1913) for A. Cloß, Stuttgart. (1875/76.) 14.4 x 18.7 cm. – From the about contemporary Dutch edition. – Not concluded local text on both sides. – Beyond the image minimally foxing.

Offer no. 9,874 / EUR  60. (c. US$ 66.) + shipping

– Lichtenthaler Allee in. With rich cab, horsemen & figure scenery. Toned wood engraving after Wilhelm von Diez (Bayreuth 1839 – Munich 1907) for A. Cloß, as above. 19.8 x 23.6 cm. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 6,567 / EUR  120. (c. US$ 131.) + shipping

Qualified  already  since  150  Years  as

“ Very & Extremely Rare ”

Ridinger’s  Set  of  the  Fountains

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Fountains. Set of 4 sheet in etching with engraving. Inscribed: Ioh. Elias Ridinger excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as following. 13⅞ × 11¼ in (35.3 × 28.7 cm) (1) and subject size 13⅞-14 × 11⅛ in (35.2-35.4 × 28.2-28.3 cm) (3) resp.

Ridinger, Perseus + Andromeda (Fountain)


Counts Faber-Castell

their Ridinger sale 1958
with its lot no. 61 on the underlay cartons

Radulf Graf zu Castell-Rüdenhausen

(1922 – 2004)

Thienemann & Schwarz 878-881; Silesian. Ridinger Collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1953 (“Some a little damaged and spotted. Extremely rare sheets”, 1885); Reich auf Biehla Collection (“Extremely rare sheets , very fine impressions with wide margins”, 1894); Helbing XXXIV (Works by J. E. and M. E. Ridinger; 1900), 1482-1484 as Th. 878 (“with margin. The latter not flawless. Very rare.”) , Th. 879 (“without margin. Very rare.”) & Th. 881 (“with full margin, the latter not flawless. Extremely rare.”).

Not  in Weigel, Art Stock Catalog I-XXVIII (1838/57) , Coppenrath Collection (1889 f.) , Rosenthal, Ridinger list 126 (1940).

“ The four sheet which have been published under the above title , but  now  have  become  very  rare , I would like to call Mythological Pyramids. They originate from earlier (??) times … ”

with respect to Ridinger’s just “excudit” at the same time adhering to the widespread assumption of “We therefore not even know for sure if and what part our master has with them” as refuted in conclusion here).

For with the discovery here of the autonomous work of the dome-like rising “Hippocrene”– published here in 16 copies on occasion of the 300th birthday – as the Horse’s or Muse’s Fountain at the Parnas obviously rejected by Ridinger on the back of the original copper printing plate for the evening sheet of “The Deer’s Four Times of Day” as the latest the set of the Fountains has to be regarded as own invention. For although without any inscription of any sort the authenticity of the “Hippocrene” cannot be missed. Proceeding from their proximity to Watteau as inspiring Ridinger so manifold and by the self-identification in the muse of painting leading directly to his personal bookplate.

Fontaine de Persèe et d’Andromede .

Fountain of Perseus and Andromeda.

“ On the top of a cone-shaped boulder Minerva sits, lance and shield in her hands, and looks down to Perseus gliding below her, who, with the drawn sword in the right, the Medusa’s head in the left, is about to finish off the dragon writhing around the rock. This already covered with countless wounds spraying blood, but the true stream of blood, the fountain, comes from his jaws. Beside Perseus the fettered and now soon to be released Andromeda. ”

Three sides with 3-4, below 13 mm wide little margin around the full platemark. In this four backed tiny tears. Small slight yellow trace between Andromeda’s right arm and left leg.

Fontaine d’Hercule victorieux.

Fountain of the Triumphant Hercules.

“ On top of the rock cone a genius crowned with laurel, thus Victory, in the hand the laurel wrath for to decorate the head of Hercules resting below her from his heroic deeds. Beside a female figure sitting rather indecently (that is bare-bosomed), on the head the glory by which victorious generals were decorated, and in the raised right one for Hercules. This supporting himself with the left on his club, with the foot on the bottom of the slain enemy lying together with several killed wild and tame animals around him. From overall of the rock fountains gush which actually do not belong to the whole. ”

Trimmed within the platemark, but three sides with fine(st) margin around the edge of the subject, below with 1 cm below the second line of text. – On the back left with three traces in points of previous mounting on blue paper, two small thin paper spots, one of which backed as well as likewise settled little tear.

Fontain d’Atlas et d’Hercule.

Fountain of Atlas and Hercules.

illustration above

“ On a boulder Hercules sits with the lion hide, on the other side Atlas kneels with the glory; they hold the celestial globe from which quite immense masses of water flow down. ”

Trimmed within the platemark, but three sides with mostly only finest margin around the edge of the subject, here and there also reaching immediately to this, below with 3-10 mm below the second line of text. – On the back left with two traces in point of previous mounting on blue paper, and on the front a tiny paper scrape off at the subject edge.

Fontaine de la Victoire d’Apollon sur le Serpent Python.

Spring of the Victory of Apollo over the Pythonic Snake.

“ In the center Apollo, as protagonist, the right akimbo, in the left the bow without string by which he has killed the dragon Python on whose wing he stands, and from whose wounds fontains issue. Above Victoria with palm leaf and wreath for the victor, beside Cupid in poor figure. Below furthermore a river god from whose urn lot of water flows for it shall be fountains there. ”

Trimmed within the platemark, but on three sides with fine(est) margin around the edge of the image, below with 6-10 mm below the second line of text. – On the back left with three traces in points of previous mounting on blue paper.

“ Very & Exceedingly rare ”

Ridinger, Hercules triumphant (Fontaine)Ridinger, Apollo and the Pythonic Snake (Fontaine)

Ridinger’s  Set  of  the  Fountains

Pictorially  as  to  content

beautiful  &  in  marvelous  impressions

on slightly toned fine (3) and regular resp. laid paper with, however, even structuring

in  the  copy  Counts  Faber-Castell .

And  not  least  a  further  theme  showing  Ridinger  as  standing  in  great  artistic  tradition .

With its three famous examples from 1593 to 1602 in Augsburg itself, among them the Hercules Fountain by the great Adriaen de Vries harking back to a preparatory drawing of Hans von Aachen’s.

Offer no. 14,873 / EUR  2000. / export price EUR  1900. (c. US$ 2078.) + shipping

Wiesbaden, Fountain in Spa Garden

Wiesbaden, Fountain in the Spa Garden. Two of the fine jets of water with lateral stock of trees and kurhaus scenery. Wood engraving by H. Wagner after Richard Püttner (Wurzen 1842 – Munich 1913). (1875-76.) 17.5 x 13.6 cm.

BACK: Promenade in Wiesbaden. Rich scenery with carriages & figures. Wood engraving after Gottfried Franz (Mayence 1846 – Munich 1905). 10 x 18.7 cm. – The text below and on the back referring to Wiesbaden.

Offer no. 5,863 / EUR  33. (c. US$ 36.) + shipping

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). In the Year 1734 this Well-Trained Pointer has been drawn  from  Nature  during his Action inside the Pheasantry by the Imperial Pleasure Seat Nymphenburg at Munich (this above the scene together

with  large  column  of  water ).

Etching with engraving. Inscribed: 32. / J. E. Ridinger fec. et excud. 1744. , otherwise in German as above. 14½ × 11 in (36.8 × 28.1 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 274. – Sheet 32 of the Representation of the Most Wondrous Stags and Other Animals. – Margins above & below 7.7 and 6.5 resp., laterally 3.3-3.5 cm wide. – Small rust spot in the caption.

The  “imperial”  work  of  1744

by  which  Ridinger  saluted  the  Bavarian  elector  Charles  Albert

on  his  return  to  Munich  in  1744

as  now  Emperor  Charles VII .

Elected and

crowned  by  his  brother  Clemens  Augustus , Elector  of  Cologne ,

as third and last of the Wittelsbacher he was already at Frankfort on the Main in 1742,

where  Goethe’s  father  owed  to  him  his  “Imperial  Councillor”

and  the  mother  dreamed  of  the  melancholy  imperial  eyes ,

but the quarrels attended with that had him kept back there. On his final entry in Munich, 1744, Ridinger payed reverence to him by present work

by  accentuation

of  the  Munich  castle  Nymphenburg

Ridinger, Pointer before Pheasants (Nymphenburg)

as  now “ Imperial ”.

Only one year later the glory of these few years oppressive for the emperor as well as for Bavaria and Germany ended by death. But with the etching of 1744

Ridinger  had  entered  himself  into  the  book  of  history .

Interesting  for  the  striped  hound  alone – “The position … excellent, therefore also copied often”, Th. – the  small  oil  on  panel  “A  Pointer  in  Action”  in  the  direction  of  the  etching  of  the  former  collection  Prehn  (1749-1821)  in  the  Frankfort/Main  Historic  Museum  cataloged  as  Ridinger per no. 233 of the Prehn catalog, illustrated in color in the 1988 “(Catalog of the Department Civil Collections in Frankfort 1700-1830)” there, p. 63, with  the  smallness  of  the  illustration  not  permitting  a  secured  judgement  on  the  authorship .

Angebots-Nr. 15.602 / EUR  980. / export price EUR  931. (c. US$ 1018.) + shipping

Schlangenbad, Visitors to the Spa in. On mules passing a wooded high route. Wood engraving after Gottfried Franz (Mayence 1846 – Munich 1905) for Adolf Closs, Stuttgart. (1875/76.) Inscribed: G. Franz, otherwise typographically in German as above. 11.2 x 17.5 cm. – BACK: Schlangenbad. Central view with far vista into the Rhine valley. Wood engraving as above, but only with the monogram. 10 x 12.5 cm. – Concluded local text on both sides.

Offer no. 9,462 / EUR  47. (c. US$ 51.) + shipping

Music-making  in  the  Park

Ridinger, Gamba Player

before  Fountain  Ambience ,

added  by  Ridinger

Mezzotint after a detail by  Antoine  Watteau  (1684-1721). After 1734.

Inscribed: I. El. Ridinger excud. A. V. 19⅛ × 13⅞ in (48.5 × 35.1 cm).

Schwarz 1460 & plate II, XIX (erroneously as “The Cellist”). – Not  in  Thienemann (1856) & Stillfried (1876) and with the exception of Baron Gutmann (Schwarz, 1910) here not provable elsewhere. At which the identity of the copies of the collections Reich auf Biehla 317 ( “Very rare”, 1894 ! ) & Hamminger 1890 ( “Extremely rare sheet”, 1895 ! ) must remain undecided in the absence of a description. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 28,403 / price on application

Mont Sainte-Odile / Alsace – Odile Spring. Wood engraving after Richard Püttner (Wurzen 1842 – Munich 1913) for Adolf Closs, Stuttgart. (1875/76.) Inscribed: SANCTA ... / R. Püttner, otherwise typographically as above. 18.7 x 10 cm. – Painterly view amongst local text on both sides.

Offer no. 9,446 / EUR  29. (c. US$ 32.) + shipping

“ The  Children  of  Israel
still  the  Thirst  from  a  Rock ”

Ridinger, Moses smites Water from the Rock

as  one  of  the  Largest  Sheets
from  the  Ridinger  Press

And  here  in  Undescribed  State

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767) or Weiss, Franz Joseph (Bergatreute/Wurttemberg 1699 – Munich 1770). Moses smites Water from the Rock (2nd Moses XVII, 6) or The Deliverance of the Children of Israel from dying with Thirst in the Desert. Full of the whole bounce of the incident, see below. Etching & engraving by Leonhard Michael Steinberger (supposedly Regensburg about 1713 – Augsburg 1772). Inscribed: below within the subject L. M. Steinberger sculpsit. / Ioh. Elias Ridinger excud. Aug. Vind. & per line of writing in German

“ Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. In the JJ. Book Moses Chap. at XVJJ. v. VJ. ”

as well as cartouche text as below. 18⅞ × 28⅛ in (48 × 71.4 cm).

Thienemann-Stillfried (1876) & Schwarz (1910) 1380, but both with only 17¾ × 27½ in (45 × 70 cm) deviating formatwise. – Not in Weigel, Art Stock Catalog, issues I-XXVIII (1838/57), c. 23000 sheet, among which more than 1000 of Ridinger’s œuvre.

The  printing  quality  determined  by  marvelous  chiaroscuro

reflects  the  bounce

of  this  downright  unimaginable  experience  of  survival .

The typographic watermark supposedly WANGEN together with countermark as standing for finest Ridinger qualities. Lateral margins 0.5 cm wide, above + below 1.5-2 cm. Three smoothed vertical folds, only the middle one of which perceptible with fine creasing particularly in the middle. The used white margins with numerous small and smallest tears backed acid-freely as well as also some longer ones, but in any case only reaching to the edge of the image the most. Marks which almost quite inevitably happen to come along with such formats. Here then, all in all, of only marginal kind, however. And no matter if to be attributed to Weiss or Ridinger we meet

a  sheet  of  generally  most  extreme  rarity

of  with  respect  to  the  state  unique  character ,

precious as the water in the desert. And irrespective of by hook or crook, for the collection of quality a high-carat desiderate as

one  of  the  few  true  royal  formats  of  the  Ridinger  press .

Angebots-Nr. 28.897 / price on application

King  William  Rock  Springs

Bad Ems, King William Rock Springs

Bad Ems – Ems. Partial view with King William Rock Springs, flanked by the houses Vier Thürme & K. Kurhaus as the lodgings of emperors Alexander & William. Separately below the English Church. Wood engravings after Richard Püttner (Wurzen 1842 – Munich 1913) for Adolf Closs, Stuttgart. (1875/76.) Inscribed: KÖNIG WILHELMS FEL / R. Püt(t)ner, otherwise all typographically in German as above. 11.8 x 18.8 and 10.4 x 6.8 cm resp. – BACK: Bank at Niederlahnstein. The richly packed harbor along with shipyard. Wood engraving by Hans-Joachim Wagner (painter & engraver in Berlin, b. before 1842). Inscribed: A. Closs X. I. / H. Wagner sc / R. Püttner, otherwise typographically as above. 12.4 x 18.5 cm. – Continuous local text on both sides.

Offer no. 9,389 / EUR  64. (c. US$ 70.) + shipping

Heiligendamm – “Heiligen Damm”, On the. Rich life on the promenade before the pavilion. Before this carriage and pair, front left on the lawn families playing croquet. Wood engraving after Artur Langhammer (Lützen 1854 – Dachau 1901) for A. Closs, Stuttgart. (1880/81.) Inscribed: A. Langhammer / A Closs. X. I., otherwise typographically in German as above. 17.8 x 23.6 cm.

Offer no. 15,294 / EUR  220. (c. US$ 241.) + shipping

Norderney, At the Beach of. Rich beach life with and without beach-chairs at the West Beach below the promenade. Also with sailing vessel & boats. Wood engraving by the monogramist A. H. after Artur Langhammer as before. Inscribed: A. Langhammer (18)81 / A Closs X I. A. H. sc, otherwise typographically in German as above. 17 x 23.5 cm.

Offer no. 8,253 / EUR  217. (c. US$ 237.) + shipping

The  Hubert  Spa

C. Spiegel’s Hotel at the entrance of the Bode valley
below Roßtrappe near Thale in the Harz Mountains.

Hubert Spa (Thale, Harz Mountains)

On the left huntsman with hound. Colored lithograph. C. 1850. 11 × 12⅝ in (27.9 × 32.1 cm).

With the address of the Ducal Court, Stone, and Letterpress Printers at Ballenstedt. – A very rare leaf, worthy of acquisition in spite of general time marks as the imperfections (creasing, light foxing, the right margin even quite strong, and with tidemark running into the picture) appear in the picture itself only minimally. Otherwise wide-margined and of fresh spring-like colors.

Offer no. 12,579 / EUR  404. / export price EUR  384. (c. US$ 420.) + shipping

And  while  the  rifle  rests …

Spa visitors on the “White Dune” of Norderney

Norderney, Visitors

Wood engraving by F. Haug after Johannes Gehrts (Hamburg 1855 – Dusseldorf 1921) for A. Closs, Stuttgart. (1880/81.) 14.4 x 18.9 cm. – Back: Fishing House on Norderney. Wood engraving after Gustav Schönleber (Bietigheim 1851 – Karlsruhe 1917). 9.7 x 13.7 cm. – Continuous local text on both sides.

Offer no. 8,255 / EUR  146. (c. US$ 160.) + shipping

“ I receives them today in very good condition, thank you and dont forget to tell me about … items, best regards ”

(Sign. L. B., April 5, 2002)