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1865 — 2015
150 Years
Photographic
Ridinger, Coburg Stag
The Coburg “46” Pointer, Th. 1299,
from 15,609 and, apart, 15,678 resp.

Ridinger Incunabula

The Youthful Photography

is Enthusiastic about Ridinger

Johann Laifle, Carte de Visite

and lets Johann Laifle

by present

earliest (?) work group

present quite nonchalantly

two rarest additions

to the Wondrous

by documenting Th. 1299 & red-hot 1325 .

His album might well be

the earliest

Ridinger photographicum

at all

Johann Laifle, Ridinger Album

Ridinger-Album. (A Collection of the Finest and Rarest Deer and Roebuck Abnormities photographed from the Original Engravings). With foreword by F(ranz) von Kobell. Regensburg, Alfred Coppenrath, 1865. Large 4to. (12⅝ × 10¼ in [32 × 26 cm]). 3 ll. title, foreword + contents. With

50 albumen prints rolled on thin cardboard

in their facet richness of splendid chiaroscuro

(6½-6¾ × 5⅛-5¼ in [16.4-17.2 × 12.9-13.3 cm] at 12⅛ × 9⅝ in [30.7 × 24.5 cm] plate size) ,

each with number, publishing house & on the mount

“ ( Photographed by J[ohann]. Laifle ) ”

Ruby red cow-hide with 4 imitated lined raised bands, spread over lines on the covers, rich title stamp on the front and large ligated RS monogram as brand of the Red Series here as centerpiece on the back cover, black back-plates – all gilt tooled – , Chromolux inner covers & fly-leaf stamped in brown as well as again gilt red series and ridinger handlung niemeyer resp. at the lower edge of inner covers & JayAitchDesign at the back cover’s lower edge in uniform half leather slipcase, the black Efalin paper covers of which bearing the gilt Ridinger stag brand here.

Earliest (?) Ridinger photographicum

in besides already here glossy albumen (white of egg) quality

as by Meyers Conversations-Lexicon noted as standard only for a quarter of a century later (4th ed., vol. XIII [1889], p. 17) :

“ of high gloss … (as) now preferred ,

for it reproduces the finest details .”

This contrary to the before conventional papers coated with starch and thereby producing a dull image effect and consequently not up to the high demand of the great Ridinger collector Coppenrath. Technically, so Danuta Thiel-Melerski 2006,

“ The first photographs on albumen paper were that thin

that one had to glue them onto cardboard .”

As then here, too. For Johann Laifle’s Photographic Institute for Portraits and Landscapes in Regensburg’s Klarenanger no. 2 the present Album is

the earliest (?) work group .

Carte de visite / Coll. Thiel-Melerski

Johann Laifle Photographic Institute

According to Thiel-Melerski
ascertainable as active 1865 – about 1900

When the post still was stamped on entry – here departure Wiesbaden “6-7 N” , incoming Rheinzabern “Vor. 7” – and delivered twice daily, the industrious Johann Laifle — Medals World Fair Vienna 1873 & Munich 1876 — also established his

Johann Laifle, Portrait postcard (Auguste Kapper/Rheinzabern)
to Auguste Kapper, Rheinzabern, Wiesbaden, July 6, (18)99

“ Portrait Postcard System Laifle. ”

To variably selectable photographic landscape motifs the master, recommending himself for “Portraits and Landscapes”, applied the client’s requested portrait. Here it should be the one of the sender, who reports per Wiesbaden, July 6, (18)99, “(Miss Auguste Kapper / c/o Mr. Kapper, Teacher / Rheinzabern [Rhine Palatinate])” her arrival: “(Good Day! Yesterday evening 6 PM luckily got in here.)”. The card bears the no. 700015 and “(At specification of this number repeat orders are delivered at any time.)”.

Johann Laifle, Medal of Merit Vienna 1873
World Fair Vienna 1873

And this then even

in an unrivalled showcase copy .

And where the bibliographic literature only knows the 1st number ( see below )

here then the complete suite

in besides obviously first state .

For contrary to the title to the likewise complete copy of the Princely Fürstenberg Library passed here previously into Westphalian collection, present title only reads “Regensburg. / Alfred Coppenrath. / 1865.”, not, however, as on the former “Regensburg. 1865. / Alfred Coppenrath. / München. / Hermann Manz.”. In such a way the current title to the complete work here corresponds with the one to the 1st number, see below. As then only the latter was present for comparison it was assumed that with respect to the costliness of the venture Coppenrath had to look for a co-producer already soon after publication of the 1st number. What now proves as false estimate and rather documents two general states. However, corresponding the imprint at the end “Druck von G. J. Manz in Regensburg”.

The set reproduces 4 sheets of the Incidents at the Hunt and by 44 sheets the core of the red deer of the Representation of the Most Wondrous Deer and other Animals, only to finally let go with

2 most precious additions to the Wondrous

as dots on the i,

by documenting Th. 1299 and red-hot 1325

(by way of appendix page 289 and page 2 of the 2nd separate appendix of only 1861/62 resp.), commented by Thienemann as

“ For the similarity of the two plates

Ridinger, Stag 1735 (Hohenneufen)
Th. 1325
Ridinger, Stag 1735 (Hohenneufen)
Th. 255

and the extraordinary rarity of the one described now (1325)

one might get to the assumption that Ridinger

has destroyed the engraving after a few impressions ”

&

“ … from these fine drawings an engraving (Th. 1299) has been done by our master, which seems to have survived in a few copies only … (The sheet) seems to be meant by Ridinger for the set of the hundred sheets ”.

What appears quite simple from these annotations actually is quite complex. So first

version 1325 deviating quite decidedly from 255

proves to be the real original version

of the motif. For its inscription on the left still refers to the original creator: “(Drawn from Joh. Ernst Wagner Princely Gun Cocker there” and Ridinger himself inscribes on the right only with “Joh. Elias Ridinger sculps. Aug. Vindel.” (from Schwarz 1325).

On Th. 255 the Wagner reference is not there (anymore) and Ridinger (now also) assumes, again on the right, the privilege of the draughtsman for himself by inscribing “Joh. El. Ridinger del. sculpsit. et excud. A. V.”. What seems plausible as the representations composed in reverse to each other are linked only by the antler and the mountain fortress Hohenneufen. While besides both still have in common the little forest situated before the latter, so 255 already misses the steeple with its vane projecting beyond it, however, foremost the charming accessory of a grazing deer together with attentively listening stag at the edge of the wood. In the central message, however, the stag of 1325 stands presidentially square to the right beside a mighty oak tree on the left, while in 255 he walks light-footedly, coming from light deciduous wood, to the left and just looks to the right. Thereby the captions of the shooting procedure only varied in their arrangement.

Since Laifle has photographed both etchings (plates 40 & 50, the latter of which, 1325, from a discharge print before the caption and the name Hohen Neuffen engraved according to Thienemann in the baronial Dalberg collection on Datschitz in Moravia) these differences are easily found out.

The preparatory drawing to 1325 in the Ridinger division of Weigel’s catalog of bequeathed drawings of 1869 per lot 129. If this is identical with a corresponding one on the market in the late 1970s has to remain an open question. With the latter the missing of the Wagner reference is – in analogy to the copper – conspicuous. This also not mentioned in the entry at Weigel, but the cataloging then generally is distinctly far from today’s standards for cataloging.

If Thienemann supposes Ridinger might have had destroyed the plate of 1325, Coppenrath considers it – in analogy to the plate to 1299, see below – rather probable that he let the Duke of Wurttemberg have this and in addition points out a further drawing for this (Weigel, op. cit., no. 596), which shows the stag in the rest and is found in Thienemann [in the original edition of 1856] as plate 4 (at p. 97) of the engraved reproductions, without him having noticed its belonging to 255/1325. – As belonging to Th. 255 a pen drawing “Stag with Monstrous Antler in Fine Landscape” figured 1900 in Helbing’s Ridinger catalog (cat. XXXIV) per item 1553.

What now concerns the “46” point stag of Th. 1299

(Coppenrath II, 1604), so this is first after most benevolent counting here at best a false 40 point stag of 20 : 10 points as missed by Thienemann, Coppenrath, Schwarz, Sälzle, and Schwerdt, whose copy of the Wondrous the sheet was bound between.

Introducing to 1299 Thienemann then refers back to his pos. 166, the stag of sheet 4 of the Representation of the Fair Game with the large traces, and two preparatory drawings to this, namely “first the outline in red chalk, the other time finely executed in ink”. The latter one might be plate VII in Sälzle (Corpus of the Drawings to the Fair Game). But this corresponds with the copper 1299 and has nothing to do with sheet 4 of the Fair Game in respect of antler and landscape (in reverse and with changed lattice plate X in Sälzle), however, it was not intended for the transfer into copper, since being in the same direction as the engraving and also without marks of transfer. That the explanations to both plates are confounded with each other at Sälzle complicates the disentanglement additionally.

Ridinger, Coburg Stag

The tread seal of Th. 1299 given in outline only with the inscription “(The Scent of the Stag)” suggests that Ridinger originally had intended the sheet for the set of the Fair Game, but then redevoted it by caption à la Wondrous, added even by 8 lines each on the details of the stag, into which finally it was not incorporated either.

According to Coppenrath the copper-printing-plate to 1299, coat & antler of the stag along with an oil portraying this, tracked by a hound, in full flight, in Coburg; a proof before the letter, inserted by Ridinger by hand, then in the collection of Baron von Dalberg as above.

Laifle’s photograph of Th. 1299 (plate 2)

in such a way of great documentary value .

The 48 other plates regarding Thienemann

243/45 (Württemberg stags) – 247 (the 66-pointer in Moritzburg) 248 (Brandenburg-Ansbach) – 249/51 (Württemberg stags as, too, ) – 253 – 255/57 – 260 (1675 58-pointer) – 262/63 (Württemberg stags) – 264 (Brandenburg-Ansbach) – 267 – 277 – 292 (Hesse-Darmstadt’s White Stag before hunting lodge Jägertal) – 294 – 297 (Hesse-Darmstadt’s Palm Stag) – 299 (Hesse-Darmstadt’s Stag with the Leader) – 301 (Pappenheim) – 304 – 305 (Hesse-Darmstadt’s Stag with the Lob-Ears) – 313 (Hesse-Cassel’s Two Stags from the Castle Wood) – 314 (Christoph von Crailsheim’s 43-points Bamberg roebuck) – 318 (Hesse-Darmstadt’s White Fallow Deer) – 320/21 – 323 (Perriwig Buck) – 325 – 327 – 329330 – 332 (Hesse-Darmstadt’s Mirror Stag) – 335 (the Stud King of 1760) – 336/38 – 339 (Hesse-Darmstadt’s Three Beams Stag before Kranichstein Palace; Martin Elias Ridinger’s original copper printing plate after Georg Adam Eger, court hunt painter of the great nimrod landgrave Louis VIII of 1767/68 available here along with further more to these) – 340 (Hesse-Darmstadt’s Battenberg Stag) – 342 (Hesse-Darmstadt/Cassel’s Four Stags composition before palace & chapel of Romrod) – 350 – 353 (Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen stag with “Splendid antlers … [and] oak leaves in the mouth … belongs to the best [of the Wondrous]”) – 371 – 373 (Hohenlohe-Neuenstein) .

The almost untracability of said two Thienemann additions proclaimed ex cathedra corresponds to

the superb rarity

of a complete copy , as here ,

of Laifle’s photographic “Ridinger Album”

including just both of these motifs.

For the album was already missing 1889/90 at Coppenrath’s own sale with its rich Ridinger stock! As in such a manner also not known to bibliographies. For in the predecessors to the German National Bibliography as also the modern “Union Catalog of German Language Publications 1700-1910”, vol. 117, only the 1st issue is listed, so that we furnished this torso originally with an “All published”, too. However, negative report also in all great Ridinger collections & offers archived here. The editions published by Coppenrath and Coppenrath/Manz resp. therefore cannot be considered small enough.

niemeyer’s — where the exceptional is at home

But even still in the 90s of the century as the late period of this reproduction-technically revolutionary and now yet even further refined invention, high-quality photographic anthologies, as for instance the ones by Braun, necessitated a price which had art historians lament, they threatened “to degenerate into a privilege” by downright subjecting scholars and less well-off connoisseurs to a “kind of forced tax” contrary to “private circles which are in the comfortable position to make not quite insignificant sacrifices to their esthetic needs” (quoted from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of Aug. 22, 2001). But no less than the great Bode in Berlin had settled “after a long trial phase, during which he examined the supreme achievements of both techniques (the re-engravings by artists favored by him at first and just photography) distinctly for photography”.

Top-notch evidence

the contents by reference to their, now and then, material copies, paintings (sic!) & printing plates as well as, frequently, preparatory drawings & proofs, any errors. Thereby

exorbitant the report

that there is as “an extremely interesting try-out by Ridinger” a one-plate color-print to Th. 245 from the late 30s besides a further such technical experiment with a horse in the Dalberg Collection. This certainly connected with his co-operation as (at least) draughtsman and co-publisher of Weinmann’s Phytologia (1735/7-1745) as the first botanical use of Johann Teyler’s (1648 – after 1698/99, probably 1712) one-plate color method, which, however, in the end was clearly more retrograde and far more expensive than the multi-plate color-print invented by Le Blond about 1710, made usable, however, only by English mezzotint engravers about 1720 and then introduced in Germany by Ridinger only little later at about 1725 with a stag hunt (only known copy of this for Ridinger only example at Schwerdt III, 132 with ills.) as for literature supposedly the first one.

Very fascinating ultimately also Kobell’s co-operation in this

supposedly earliest Ridinger photographicum

(the first Rhine book for instance with also just merely 14 photographs beside moreover conventional numerous wood engravings was published at Murray in London in 1868 only).

For already in 1842 he had made his technical mark by his “galvanography, a method to reproduce in print painted washed pictures by galvanic copper-plates”. Publishing also mineralogically, otherwise his hunting publications, at the top his Wildanger, made him known.

« … and soon (Ridinger) obtained ,

yet more

by own reflection and observation

than by the mentioned teachers ,

a distinctive talent

in the drawing and painting

of horses and fair game … »

Ferdinand von Kobell in his preface

To Coppenrath’s present forerunner the competition responded with the following stragglers :

“Representation of some Fair and Killing Animals” in 84 (so GV, yet recte rather: 24) photos in portrait 4to, Augsburg 1867 (Berlin, Sandrog & Co.) & “Hunting Album. Stag Abnormities, interesting Hunts and Rare Fair Game photographed by B. Kliemeck (series 1, 64 ll.) & C. Schauer Successor” (series 2) in 18 issues of 4 (1-17 = 68) and 2 (18) (GV: 16 issues, of which were published [only] 1-12 of 4 ll. each [= 48, hence the Laifle edition here should not only be the first, but also the most comprehensive one]) photos each resp. in 4to, Berlin, Lichtwerck, 1873/75.

As in such a manner recorded bibliographically these two sets rank also with regard to rarity below Coppenrath’s pioneer edition, nevertheless also they are missing in the inventories registered here.

Splendidly wide-margined, the plates bear the number of their respective issue in pencil by old hand lower left. A mostly only faint (fox) stainedness of the wide margins of the mount to be noted throughout again and again remaining marginal as barely spoiling. To the opinion of a restorer, however, the significant staining of the white back of plate 28 also affecting the margins of the subject side of plate 29 – here also the photo itself in its caption barely perceptible, yet minimally stained – should result from a mishap during the mounting.

« The first photographs on albumen paper

were that thin

that one had to glue them onto cardboard »

Danuta Thiel-Melerski 2006

And so presenting then here and today just plain contentwise

the grand occasion which .

For the Ridinger collection as such just as only (!) as image documentation under artistic as zoological-hunting aspect, accompanied by two exorbitant additions as truffles for the Wondrous and for the œuvre in general. And ultimately for a

rare desideratum from the early period of photography

as the exacting young collecting field sui generis becoming more and more dominating. At which not least the master himself as attracted pioneerlike by all technically new of his profession – it should be reminded of his said merits about color printing – would have had his pleasure in. As no less at the outward

Johann Laifle, Ridinger Album

adequate splendid non plus ultra .

Offer no. 15,609 / price on application

niemeyer’s red series — books beyond the standard

Follows the 1st Number apart

with title , contents & preface to the whole work
but only 9 of the 10 photos

Missing plate 5, Th. 247, as the 66-pointer in Moritzburg, yet with plate 2 as the Th. 1299 rarity :

Ridinger, Coburg Stag

Orig. h. cloth portfolio with unilaterally shortened loop, the back cover slightly agemarked. – The partially slightly – only title and white end leaf more – foxing full title obviously already originally added to the 1st number, here, however, taken from another copy and with 12⅛ × 9¾ in (30.8 × 24.7 cm) as against the plates (13⅛ × 10¼ in [33.4 × 26 cm]) slightly shortened. – Contents with old pencil tick off.

Offer no. 28,813 / EUR  998. / export price EUR  948. (c. US$ 1146.) + shipping

Follow 13 Single Motifs of the Set

presenting themselves up to the place on the wall

The Augsburg Short Stopper

In the Year 1700. in the Month of August His High Princely Serene Highness Alexander Sigismundus Duke of Palatinate (Neuburg/Danube) and Bishop of Augsburg has captured this stag alive whose color was at head neck trunk and legs white the other hazel with dark small spots the hooves at all four legs was half white and the other black and is the same painted from nature by Sir Carl Willh. von Hamilton (Brussels 1668 – Augsburg 1754, court painter to Alexander Sigismund). Rolled-on photograph by Johann Laifle (ascertainable as active Regensburg 1865 – about 1900). (1865.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger del. sc. et exc. Aug. Vind. 1754, otherwise in German as above & on the mounting carton: 26. / Photographirt von J. Laifle. / Verlag von A. Coppenrath in Regensburg. Size of photo 6⅜ × 5⅛ in (16.3 × 13 cm), of carton 12⅞ × 10 in (32.8 × 25.3 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, 1700 Alexander Sigismundus of Palatinate (Neuburg/Danube) has captured this stag alive

“ In short stopping position before ropes ”

Sheet 26 of the set as plate 62 of the Most Wondrous Deer, Th. 304. – For the drawing in black chalk see Coppenrath Collection pt. II (1889), no. 1917.

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The Coburg “46” Pointer

Here the Lens widened

Ridinger, Coburg Stag

as with Th. 1299
it got to see a precious addtion to the Wondrous .

The Detail Measuring of the Stag of 8 Lines each

on both Sides of the Tracks

in this great detail nowhere else in the œuvre !

This Stag of 46. Points, and which had weighed about 550. ℔, has been shot 31 August 1736. by His High Princely Serenity Sir Duke Franz Josiæ of S. Coburg-Saalfeld one and a half hours from the Princely Residence Coburg in those so-called Moggen-brun(n) Field shrubs in a battue. Amidst the high text field his trace in outline, inscribed with “The Trace of the Stag.” Rolled-on photograph by Johann Laifle (ascertainable as active Regensburg 1865 – about 1900). (1865.) Inscribed: Johan(n) Elias Ridinger delineavit et Sculpsit Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above and below & on the mounting carton: 2. / Photographirt von J. Laifle. / Verlag von A. Coppenrath in Regensburg. Size of photo 6½ × 5¼ in (16.5 × 13.2 cm), of carton 12⅞ × 10 in (32.8 × 25.4 cm).

For the etching see Thienemann (appendix) & Schwarz 1299; Weigel, Art Stock Catalog, XXVIII (1856, p. 107), 127 (“Very rare”); Coppenrath (1889) 1604 and (presumably repeating 1890) 2024 resp. as “ Exceedingly and Extremely rare sheet ” resp.; Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, 1900) 1511 f. (“Very rare”), one trimmed to the platemark, the other to the edge of the image and with slight margin damages; Schwerdt III (1928), 138 f. as bound between in the copy of the Wondrous.

Missing 1958 in the opulent Ridinger collection of Counts Faber-Castell, by the copy of Count Radulf of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1922-2004) a print of this Ridinger rarity could be presented here for the first time within 50 years and handed into Rhenish private collection, where it was assembled to the marvelous von Behr copy of the 101-plate Most Wondrous Deer traded here before.

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The Tübingen 3-Beam-15-Pointer

In the Year 1724. His High Princely Serene Highness Eberhard Ludwig Duke of Wurttemberg has shot this Stag in the rut himself on the Direnberg Einsidler Huth of the Tübingen Forest. Rolled-on photograph as above. Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger del. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above & on the mounting carton: 4. / Photographirt von J. Laifle … as before. Size of photo 6⅝ × 5⅛ in (16.7 × 13 cm), of carton 12⅞ × 10 in (32.8 × 25.5 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, 1724 Eberhard Ludwig Duke of Wurttemberg has shot this Stag in the rut

Sheet 4 of the set as plate 1 of the Most Wondrous Deer, Th. 243: “ … with three beams, at which fifteen points.” – Cf. the illustration in the exhibition catalog Johann Elias Ridinger, National Museum Kielce/Poland, 1997, no. 92.

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The Ansbach 2-Hooks Stag

This Stag of Odd 16. Points with those 2. hooks grown on both beams His High Princely Serene Highness Sir Margrave William Frederick of Brandenburg Ansbach has shot himself on the Schellen wasen of the Triesdorf Game Park in the deer fatness in the year 1720. Photograph as before. Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger del. et sc. et exc. 1741 & 12. … Laifle as before.

Johann Elias Ridinger, This Stag of Odd 16 Points with those 2 hooks grown on both beams Margrave William Frederick of Brandenburg Ansbach has shot

Sheet 12 of the set as plate 22 of the Wondrous, Th. 264. – Cf. the illustration in Wolfgang Wüst, Ein frühmodernes Land im Jagdfieber – Das “ius venandi” der Markgrafen von Brandenburg-Ansbach, in Triesdorfer Hefte IX, Die Jagd der Markgrafen von Brandenburg-Ansbach in der Frühmoderne, 2010, p. 20.

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Hunting Travel Recollections

The Serbian Trumpeter

In the Year 1728. His High Princely Serene Highness Carl Alexander Duke of Wurttemberg has shot this Stag in a Hunt at Barackin in the Kingdom of Serbia. Photograph as before. Inscribed: Joh. El. Riedinger (sic!) del. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind. & 13. … Laifle as before.

Johann Elias Ridinger, 1728 Carl Alexander of Wurttemberg has shot this Stag at Barackin in the Kingdom of Serbia

Sheet 13 of the set as plate 9 of the Wondrous, Th. 251: “The strong antlers bowed at the end end in the shape of a trumpet.” – Kielce catalog no. 99 with illustration.

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Contrary to photo papers coated with starch

and thereby causing a dull image effect

the publisher Coppenrath used

as Ridinger collector

already here

papers coated with albumen (white of egg)

« of high gloss … (as) now preferred,

for it reproduces the finest details »

Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XIII (1889), page 17

Johann Elias Ridinger, This Stag of 19 Points has been hunted in the Allgäu by a leader broken away

The Allgovian Stag and His Leader

This Stag of 19. Points has been hunted in the Allgäu in the mountains by a leader broken away – this literally at his right hind leg – for half a day and finally found fallen to death together with the leader at Garmisch in the year 1701. Photograph as before. Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger del. sculp. et excud. Aug. 1742 & 14. … Laifle as before. – Sheet 14 of the set as plate 25 of the Wondrous, Th. 267.

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The Salzburg Bawler

In the Year 1739. the 15th 7bris. His Excellence Sir Sir Franz Lactantius Baron of Firmian of the Holy Roman Empire His Roman Imperial Majesty’s Privy Councilor and Chamberlain also High Princely Salzburg Colonel Master of Household has shot this stag at Weithwürth in Salzburgerland. Photograph as before. Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger del. sc. et excud. 1741 & 16. … Laifle as before.

Johann Elias Ridinger, 1739 the 15th 7bris Franz Lactantius of Firmian has shot this stag in Salzburgerland

Sheet 16 of the set as plate 15 of the Wondrous, Th. 257: “Stands with his splendid antlers in the water bawling.” – The preparatory drawing of 1740 in pencil heightened with white of Spengler & Lanna provenance figured as lot 4 in the Counts Faber-Castell sale 1958.

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The Darmstadt Lob-Ear

This Stag with Lob-ears His High Princely Serenity the Ruling Sir Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (Louis VIII) has shot in the environs of Darmstadt (“in the Arheilger Forest in the direction of Mörsbach at the Shepherd’s House”) the 20th Aug: 1754. Photograph as before. Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger del. fec. et exc. Aug. Vind. & 28 … Laifle as before.

Johann Elias Ridinger, This Stag with Lob-ears Louis VIII of Hesse-Darmstadt has shot 1754

Sheet 28 of the set as plate 63 of the Wondrous, Th. 305: “Also the antlers are peculiar. A similar one one finds illustrated in v. Wildungen’s Taschenbuch year 1809-12.”– Siebert & Weitz, Ridinger – Bilder zur Jagd in Hessen-Darmstadt, 1999, pages 32 f. with ill.: “In Louis VIII’s hunt journal, in which the landgrave’s ‘rare shots’ have been collected, there also is the stag ‘with the lob-ears’.” – For the drawing in black chalk see Coppenrath Collection pt. II (1889), no. 1913.

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The Battenberg Art Historian

This Stag, which His High Princely Serenity the Ruling Sir Landgrave LOUIS VIII of Hesse-Darmstadt had been led out of Battenberg in Upper Hesse in the year 1763 and brought into the great Pheasantry at Cranichstein, which afterwards in the year 1765 had become known for splendid antlers of 32 Points, has set up the following 1766th year the same number of points again, as such has been drawn from nature, represented here. Varyingly by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780) after Georg Adam Eger (1727 Murrhardt 1808). Photograph as before. Inscribed: G. A. Eger delineav. et pinxit. / M. El. Ridinger sculps. Aug. Vind. & 30 … Laifle as before.

“ Represented the supposedly best-known stag from the hunting lodge Kranichstein …

Georg Adam Eger, This Stag had become known 1765 for splendid antlers of 32 Points

The Battenberg Stag has found his way into art history … ”

(Siebert-Weitz, op. cit., pp. 46 f. with ill.). – Sheet 30 of the set as plate 98 of the Wondrous, Th. 340. – Kölsch, Georg Adam Eger (1727-1808) Jagdmaler am Hessen-Darmstädter Hof, 2010, cat. nos. 33 & 32 with illustrations.

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The Moravian Virago

In the Year 1758. This Deer has been raised from Her Youth on in the Deer Park of High Imperial Counts Waldstein at Trebitz in Moravia, also has been in fawn several times, finally in the 18th year of her age set up this weight, and has been sent to me by His High Imperial Count Excellence Count Emanuel Gr. von Waldstein und Wartenberg. Photograph as before. Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et excud. Aug. Vind. & 31 … Laifle as before.

Johann Elias Ridinger, 1758 This Deer has been has been in fawn several times, finally in the 18th year of her age set up this weight

Sheet 31 of the set as plate 79 of the Wondrous, Th. 321: “So he belongs to the viragos (viragines) of which also Wildungen has reproduced and described a couple in his almanac 1800. Tab. II.”.

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The White of the Vogelsberg

In the Year 1741. in the Month of Septembr: This Stag of 16 Points Has been shot at the High Princely Hunting Lodge Jægerthal in the Forest Romrod by His Princely Serenity the ruling Sir Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (Louis VIII) himself. Of color he was white, especially the head the whitest, however, the ears. Photograph as before. Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger fec. & 35 … Laifle as before, besides within the picture above the building complex Princely Hunting Lodge Jægerthal.

Sheet 35 of the set as plate 50 of the Wondrous, Th. 292. – Siebert & Weitz, op. cit., pp. 24 f. with ill.:

Johann Elias Ridinger, 1741 This Stag of 16 Points Has been shot at the High Princely Hunting Lodge Jægerthal in the Forest Romrod

“ As model a picture by court painter Stockmar might have served, however, contrary to Eger models it is not mentioned … Romrod, at the northern edge of the Vogelsberg, was the court hunt of the landgraves of Hesse-Darmstadt until 1937 … The so-called hunting lodge Jägertal actually was not a house. It was modeled on a tent camp and consisted of 14 separate buildings. It was built in the years 1721/22 … ”

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Hohenlohe Buck Shooting

No. 1 This Roebuck Weight is grown into one another, that one cannot look through. No. 2. This Roebuck had between both coronets a growth like a morel, so grown specially into the brain pan and had a long root, that one could take it out and thrust it into the cavity again, below the coronets there also were 2. Coronet-shaped Buttons scarcely a couple backs of a knife high, all these Roebucks have been shot by and by in Hohenlohe. Photograph as before. Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et exc. A. V. / Martin El. Ridinger sculpsit. & 37 … Laifle as before.

Four Roebuck weights shot in Hohenlohe

Sheet 37 of the set as plate 78 of the Wondrous, Th. 320. – For the drawing in black chalk see Coppenrath Collection pt. II (1889), no. 1925.

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The Poached Spessart Stag

In the Year. 1728. this wondrous Stag has been shot in the old Beech Forest in the Spessart, two hours from Wertheim, by those game thieves – and this one standing half behind his likewise rare weight brought to me by a good friend and presented in kind. Who had bought it in an estate. Photograph as before. Inscribed: E. Ridinger Sculp (recte, see below, M. E. Ridinger, Sculp. A. V.) & 48 … Laifle as before.

Johann Elias Ridinger, 1728 this wondrous Stag has been shot in the Spessart, two hours from Wertheim, by those game thieves

Sheet 48 of the set as plate 38 of the Accidens et Evenemens particuliers à la Chasse, Th. 371, (figuring altogether as plate 31 in the 3rd edition of the Most Wondrous Deer from c. 1859, as with regard to the diverging inscription due to supposed faintness of printing apparently present to Laifle).

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And not least

Ridinger’s Wondrous

with their oddnesses & abnormalities

seem suitable

to teach the society of a high-tech age

ostensibly having at command all the knowledge

once more a little more modesty

towards the workings of Löns’s Gracious Lady ,

Mother Nature of us all .

That is to say that not everything is regulable environmental sin

which happens in this .

And not everything is explainable .


„ Habe heute Ihre Sendung dankend erhalten. Freue mich schon, das Buch meinem Mann … zu Weihnachten zu schenken. Liebe Grüße aus … am Dachstein “

(Frau K. G., 12. September 2007)