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Ridinger, Roe Buck (detail)
Roe Buck Month

Since before the end of this month,
there at least
where pothunting rules not,
generally nothing
but perhaps a roebuck
may be shot

L. C. E. H. F. Wildungen, Hunter’s Calendar
(Weidmanns Feierabende II [1816], pp. 100 f.)

Ridinger, Roe Buck

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Roe Buck. Dark colored in slight position ready to leap off to the left, but stopping short looking at the beholder. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: CAPREOLVS. / Rehe-Bock. / Chevreuil. / Familia II. Zweÿhufige. / Ridinger fec. 12⅛ × 7⅞ in (30.9 × 20 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1020. – IN  THE  RIDINGERS’  ORIGINAL  COLORING  from the unnumbered Colored Animal Kingdom created since 1754 and concluded finally posthumously not before 1773 (“Complete copies are next to untraceable”, so Weigel, Art Cat., part XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a as merely 120-sheet torso, 1857 ! , but also just individual plates quite rarely on the market only, at niemeyer’s presently nevertheless the one as the others). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition from the plates shortened even under loss of animals and with modified titling and the Ridinger inscription removed, yet now numbered, was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.

“ This animal one cannot regard without amazement as it owns a quite particular ease in running and leaping. Initially, if it starts quickly about something, it stands quite dazed indeed, yet recollects really soon and then the finest greyhounds have to struggle to overtake them in their quick running and leaping. In the first plate a buck is represented in his dark color which for the most part he has at wintertime … Their rutting is in December, the females or does carry twenty weeks and usually have two, at times also three young ones … They shed their antlers in November and set it up again completely setzen within three months … ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I, p. 17, enclosed in copy).

Watermarked Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms & C & I Honig (type Heawood 64/Churchill 428) as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses

“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works

“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Margins on three sides 2-3.3 cm, below 5.3 cm wide. – Above the buck’s neck hardly perceptible brown spot penetrating through from the back, a slightly bolder smaller one not perceptible from the front.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, Herd of Roe Deer

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). A Herd of Roe Deer. A crying buck with three roes and fawn. Toned lithograph by Hermann Menzler printed by A. Renaud for L. J. Heymann in Berlin. (1863-65.) Inscribed: Gez. v. J. H(sic!). Ridinger, lith. v. H. Menzler etc., otherwise in German as above. 12⅝ × 9 in (32 × 22.8 cm).

(Joh. El. Ridinger’s Hunting Album) II/2. – Cf. Thienemann 194. – From the “(Album of Interesting Hunt and Group Pictures)” carried as 2nd part. – The whole rare set almost unknown to literature and comprising 80 sheet plus a recently discovered illustrated title of far larger image size (13¾ × 14⅛ in [47.5 × 36 cm]), though practically to be completed just peu à peu. In the pictorial effect corresponding to that of the aquatint technique not used by Ridinger anymore. – On strong wide-margined paper. Below quite minimally colour margined.

The sujet here the group of roes on the rock upper left of the wonderful, large-sized leaf “A Herd of Roes”, Th. 194, from the suite “(Thorough Description and Presentation of the Wild Animals)” set before changed background. – Especially in regard of this modification a

first degree collection enrichment .

Offer no. 12,309 / EUR  322. / export price EUR  306. (c. US$ 334.) + shipping

Four Roebuck weights shot in Hohenlohe

Hohenlohe Buck Shooting

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). 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. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Rolled-on photograph by Johann Laifle (ascertainable as active Regensburg 1865 – about 1900). (1865.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et exc. A. V. / Martin El. Ridinger sculpsit., otherwise in German as above & on the mounting carton: 37. / Photographirt von J. Laifle. / Verlag von A. Coppenrath in Regensburg. Size of photo 6¼ × 5⅛ in (16 × 12.9 cm), of carton 12⅞ × 9¾ in (32.7 × 24.8 cm).

Sheet 37 of the 50-sheet Laifle set published in 5 numbers as plate 78 of the Most Wondrous Deer, Th. 320. The bibliographical literature only records the 1st number of the album. – For the drawing in black chalk see Coppenrath Collection pt. II (1889), no. 1925. – On paper coated with the white of egg, that is

albumen print “of high gloss … (which) renders the most minute details”

(Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XIII [1889], page 17, yet recording it as standard a quarter of a century later only). This in contrast to the previously common papers coated with starch, hence resulting in a dull image effect, which consequently could not meet the standards of the great Ridinger collector Coppenrath. And Danuta Thiel-Melerski 2006:

“ The first photographs on albumen paper were so thin

one had to glue them onto cardboard ”

As here then, too. By Johann Laifle’s “Photographic Institute for Portraits and Landscapes” at Klarenanger No. 2 in Regensburg. His Ridinger Album. A Collection of the Finest and Rarest Deer and Roebuck Abnormities photographed from the Original Engravings – complete showcase copy available here – supposedly representing both Laifle’s earliest group of works as also

the earliest Ridinger photographicum

in general and therewith bestows a collection enrichment of the most charming kind.

Offer no. 15,690 / EUR  98. (c. US$ 107.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Roebuck and Doe

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Chevreuil et sa femelle son en rut â l’age de 2. ans, on appelle les petis chevres sauvages. The Roebuck and Doe are able to rut the other Year. The Young Ones, of which they have two, are called Fawns. Six of these of any kind & age – front left in comfortable rest crying buck of 6 points, behind him the doe standing with suckling fawn, to the right the second fawn, young doe & excited young buck – in majestic park in a mountainous landscape with jet of water in the middle distance. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 19. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger invent. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13½ × 16½ in (34.4 × 41.9 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 214. – Sheet 19 of the STUDY OF THE WILD ANIMALS with the caption of the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German. – Margins 2.6-4.3 cm wide.

PAINTERLY-FINE SHEET

– not by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the  indisputably  “most  important  Augsburg  landscapist  of this time” –

IN MARVELOUS IMPRESSION OF NUANCED CHIAROSCURO

of ultimate beauty as in such quality rare since old. For even in exemplary old Ridinger collections the old impressions of particularly this so fine large-sized main set often figure only closely trimmed, damaged, and fully mounted.

Offer no. 15,497 / EUR  1100. / export price EUR  1045. (c. US$ 1140.) + shipping

Martin Elias Ridinger, Roes by August Wilhelm of Braunschweig-Bevern

The Roe Bucks
of Frederick the Great’s General

Ridinger, Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780). These Roe Bucks so also show rare growth of nature and in their kind have a lot variable and pretty, equally by His Ducal Highness Augustus William Sir Duke of Brunswick Bevern (“The marshal of Frederick the Great known under the name Duke of Bevern”, Brunswick 1715 – Stettin 1781). The No. 1. so shows like a crown and in the centre a unified grown protruding small antlers was shot in the royal Farther Pomeranian Mühlenbeck forest hunting ground = the No. 2. in Anterior Pomerania in the high noble Stoltzenburg Heath in the year 1767. But the one with antlers standing up and down No. 3. shot several years before in the Oder fen at Stettin called the Black Place. And finally also No. 4. so was especially strong and large, and showed up to 13 points, of which four also were grown backwards quite below at the crown, was stalked by high hand in Farther Pomerania in the Hochkrug hunting ground. Lively group of four with fawn, refreshing in a pool at the edge of the wood. Set back slightly hilly landscape.

Martin Elias Ridinger, Stags by August Wilhelm of Braunschweig-Bevern

In addition: These stags No. 1 and No. 2 so had just one quite well grown antler the first on the left, the other on the right side, however, were opposite to the other antler deficient and abnormal – have His Highness Augustus William Duke of Brunswick Bevern – stalked himself, the first in the Lörsisch Heath in the year 1759,, the other in the year 1750 in royal Prussian Anterior Pomerania in the Falchenwald forest. the No. 3,, so equally very strange in the year 1759 in the Mützzelburg hunting ground ditto shot,, And the No. 4 so on one side with just one point, on the other, however, with its points grown back and forth one has found dead near Old Stettin. Resting group of four with fawn in bizarre hilly landscape.

2 sheet. Etching with engraving (after his father’s design?). Inscribed: VII. and VIII. resp. / Martin Elias Ridinger Sculp. and Mart. El. Ridinger Sc. resp., otherwise each in German as before. 13¾-13⅞ × 10⅛-10¼ in (35-35.1 × 25.8-25.9 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 350/51; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1870 + Reich auf Biehla Collection 97, both (1885 + 1894 resp.) only Th. 350, thereof the Silesian copy without platemark + mounted. – As then Th. 351 missing also in the 1889/90 Coppenrath torso of the set (no. 1546 of the 2nd division). – In the collection of market sweeper Georg Hamminger (1895) both sheets figured solely within his 44 and 46-sheet resp. almost complete sets (“mostly with wide margin, some sheets with inscription only and mounted. Present very rare sheets.”), yet not with further duplicates as many other of the set.

The pair VII/VIII

as one of the thematically

most beautifully harmonized pendants

of the 46-sheet set To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt (“The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt 1928). Etched exclusively by Johann Elias’ eldest after predominantly his father’s designs and concluded 1779, here besides present in evenly strong,

splendidly warm-toned impressions

with the Roman numbers

(“If they are missing, so this points to later impressions”, Th.; in the mid of the 19th century present ones figured i. a. by substitution per Arab numbers 69/70 in the 3rd edition of the Wondrous Stags)

from the old estate of a nobleman

and in such a manner preserved perfectly

and in regard of a date of the event of still 1767 as the year of the father’s death (April 10), also the, however by no means decisive, only inscription by Martin Elias, possibly worked entirely by himself.

On strong laid paper, at least VII with typographic watermark (WANGEN as the preferred quality of the Ridingers?). – Margins above & below 5.3-6.3 cm, laterally 2.7-4.2 cm wide. At the utmost white upper edge of VII faint foxspot, the outer edge of the lower margin of VIII quite minimally browned and with traces of crease.

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Johann Heinrich Tischbein II, Roebuck

Tischbein II, Johann Heinrich (Haina, Hesse, 1742 – Cassel 1808). A Hanging Roebuck. Eviscerated at the hook, drawn from nature. Etching. Inscribed: T 1788. 6¾ × 4⅛ in (17.3 × 10.6 cm).

Sheet 18 of the 1827 Tischbein set of the “Fair Game” Nagler 44 – Lindner 11.2083.01; Schwerdt III, 173 – as a compilation mounted in points of throughout old till earlier impressions. – On light laid paper. – Trimmed within the white platemark. – RARE DEPICTION . – From the collection of the legendary railroad king DR. STROUSBERG , Berlin.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, How the Roes are catched in Nets

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Comme on prens les Chevreuils dans les filets. How the Roes are catched in Nets. “In front huntsmen, beaters, and hounds to scare roes into the set nets. Some already have entangled themselves in them, others leap over to get into on the other side” (Th.). Etching & engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: avec privil de Sa. Maj. Imp. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug.Vind., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 13⅛ × 16¼ in (33.4 × 41.3 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 35; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”). – From the unnumbered early 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure , listed by literature as its 23rd sheet. – Margins 2.8-4.4 cm wide. – Small wormhole at the stitching margin above left.

“ In fens morasses or young wood a catching position with nets is made … they are 16 meshes high mostly, as for each mesh 3 inch are reckoned. ”

THE AS CONSTRUCTIVE AS PAINTERLY SHEET

– not by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the  indisputably  “most  important  Augsburg  landscapist  of this time” –

IN WONDERFUL CHIAROSCURO IMPRESSION OF FINAL BEAUTY

as in such quality rare of old.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, How the Roes are hunted with Hounds

– – – La Chasse des Chevreuils par les Chiens. How the Roes are hunted with Hounds. “Although usually the roes are stalked in the battue or catched in nets, so it happens occasionally that for the particular pleasure they are also hunted with hounds …” In such a manner rare representation. Etching & engraving as before. Inscribed: Avec privil. de Sa. Maj. Imperiale / Ioh. Elias Ridinger invent. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug.Vind., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 13¼ × 16¼ in (33.6 × 41.4 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 36; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”). – From the unnumbered early 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure , listed by literature as its 24th sheet. – The preparatory drawing in pencil figured in the 1890 Wawra sale of A Fine Collection of Drawings and Engravings of Joh. El. Ridinger’s from the Estate of a Known Collector as lot 96. – Margins on three sides 2.9-3.5, on the right 5.4 cm wide. – Unessential box pleat trace in the subject’s center, small brown spot in the French text and acid-freely backed little tear in the wide white lower margin.

“ Left two hunters galloping about, before them hunting hounds pursuing a roebuck. This leaps over shrubbery towards a hound which has seized by the neck and pulled down another roebuck. The hunter standing above cries frightfully as he sees his hound in such danger” (Thienemann).

THE PAINTERLY SHEET

IN SPLENDID IMPRESSION OF MARVELOUS CHIAROSCURO

as in such quality rare of old.

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Johann Heinrich Tischbein II, Roebuck, dead in landscape

Tischbein II, Johann Heinrich (Haina, Hesse, 1742 – Cassel 1808). A Roebuck. Dead in landscape, the hind legs raised against a rock. Drawn from nature. Etching. Inscribed: H. Tischbein jun. fec. 1783. 4¾ × 6 in (12.2 × 15.4 cm).

Sheet 17 of the 1827 Tischbein set of the “Fair Game” Nagler 44 – Lindner 11.2083.01; Schwerdt III, 173 – as a compilation mounted in points of throughout old to earlier impressions. – On laid paper. – Trimmed on platemark. – Tiny hole above the left foreleg.

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Johann Heinrich Tischbein II, Roebuck Head

– – – A Strange Head of a Roebuck. Drawn from nature. Etching. 4⅝ × 6⅛ in (11.7 × 15.6 cm). – Sheet 48 of the set. – Trimmed on platemark. Patinalike partial minimal brownness. – From the collection of the legendary railroad king DR. STROUSBERG , Berlin.

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Ridinger, Spotted Roe Buck

“ … a piebald kind
whose like one rarely sees ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Spotted Roe Buck. Yellowish brown with white spots recumbent to the left, looking at the beholder. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: CAPREOLVS maculatus. / Gefleckter Rehe-Bock. / Chevreuil tacheté. / Familia II. Zweÿhufig. / Ridinger fec. 12 × 7⅞ in (30.6 × 20 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1021. – IN  THE  RIDINGERS’  ORIGINAL  COLORING  from the unnumbered Colored Animal Kingdom created since 1754 and concluded finally posthumously not before 1773 (“Complete copies are next to untraceable”, so Weigel, Art Cat., part XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a as merely 120-sheet torso, 1857 ! , but also just individual plates quite rarely on the market only, at niemeyer’s presently nevertheless the one as the others). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition from the plates shortened even under loss of animals and with modified titling and the Ridinger inscription removed, yet now numbered, was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.

“ … a piebald kind whose like one rarely sees, which, however, is quite salient. These animals are quite often kept at great courts after they have been rendered useless for breeding and gelded … Only that way one has got as far with some that they became really tame, so that they … adopted a free run, strolled about in fields and woods and came home on their own at the proper time and hour, picked up the offered bred before a whole table of people … ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I, p. 17, enclosed in copy).

Watermarked Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms & C & I Honig (type Heawood 64/Churchill 428) as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses

“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works

“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Margins on three sides 1.8-3.3 cm, below 5.5 cm wide. – Small brown spot just above the rear shrubbery.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, Roebuck

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Roe. Postcard in rotogravure after Thienemann 150 by O. Felsing, Charlottenburg (Berlin). C. 1900/20. 5⅝ × 3½ in (14.3 × 9 cm).

Unused “ARTIST POSTCARD” after the sujet of the set of the “Fair Game hounded by the Different Kinds of Hounds” from 1761. – “In the forest a roebuck leaping over is fiercely pursued by two strong greyhounds”.

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Ridinger, Black Fallow Deer

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Black Fallow Deer has been shot in the year 1739. in the (Hohenlohe) Highgrave Kirchberg Hunting Ground at Thierberg, with these Rare Antlers, by the Gamekeeper there, Job Jac. Brasoler. / So also

this Big and Strong Roebuck

in the year 1755. the 5th of Jan: in the County of Erbach with these Fine Antlers has been shot. The black one lying on the right, the buck pertly standing left of him, favored by the vista through massive hedgerows at two conifers in the back with two predatory birds flying about. Etching & engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: 83. / Joh. El. Ridinger del. et direxit Aug. Vind. 1765 / Martin Elias Ridinger sculps. A. V., otherwise in German as above. 12⅜ × 10⅜ in (34.1 × 26.4 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 325; Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, VI.22. – Plate 83 of the till today unmatched comprehensive standard work Exact and True Representation of Both the Most Wondrous Deer and Other Particular Animals … of the Rarities showing in Nature published for subscription. – With 20½ × 14¼ in (52 × 36.1 cm) cm sheet size extremely wide-margined impression on laid paper yet untrimmed at top. – Tiny tear in the 5.3 cm wide left white margin backed acid-freely and little thin spot in the white plate field lower left.

Red Deer rarity & Ridinger work rarity

the representation of a black with additionally rare touched points within his Wondrous as fascinated already Löns, recalled again by Paul Dahms in his Wild und Jagd vom Darß bis zu den Alpen (Munich 2005, pp. 38 f.):

“ ‘And there I saw him. Like the devil incarnate’ … when (Löns) had a black roebuck in sight for the first time … the density is very small. So the hunt on a black buck remains always something special and so it was for Hermann Löns, too, who for three years stubbornly stalked till he got the ‘Black from the Misery Dale’ before the gun again and could shoot him finally. ”

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Johann Heinrich Tischbein II, Roebuck + Roe

Tischbein II, Johann Heinrich (Haina, Hesse, 1742 – Cassel 1808). A Roebuck and a Roe. Dead on top of the other at a boulder, the hind legs of the former raised against this. Drawn from nature. Etching. 7¼ × 9⅜ in (18.4 × 23.8 cm).

Sheet 14 of the 1827 Tischbein set of the “Fair Game” Nagler 44 – Lindner 11.2083.01; Schwerdt III, 173 – as a compilation mounted in points of throughout old till earlier impressions. – From the collection of the legendary railroad king DR. STROUSBERG , Berlin.

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Alphonse de Neuville, Poacher cornered by Constables

Neuville, Alphonse de (St. Omer 1836 – 1885, pupil of i. a. Delacroix). Les Paysans Braconniers. Poacher at the poached roe, pointing his gun at one of the two constables who cornered him. Toned wood engraving by Jules Huyot (Toulouse 1841 – Eaubonne 1921). C. 1870. Inscribed and monogrammed resp. 8⅝ × 12½ in (21.8 × 31.8 cm).

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