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6 April 100 Years Ago

the Declaration of War by the USA on the German Reich
ringed in the Twilight of William II

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Promnitz Leopard Horse

after at the Count of Promnitz-Pless’ as temporary Headquarter
of the three essential decisions made there

the Declaration of Unrestricted Submarine Warfare

was the most momentous one , viz led to 6 April 1917.

For the First Time in 27 Years
available here again as Individual Sheet

Touched by World History

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Leopard Horse with Ear-Bouquet. The splendidly long-tailed stallion in wonderfully easy movement to the right in fine hilly landscape with village marked by a steeple, the fine head with bright eye and swelled nostril turned to the beholder. Apart five horses partly romping and rolling. After the portrait painted from life by

Christian Ludwig Baron von Löwenstern

1701 Darmstadt 1754 .

Etching with engraving. 13½ × 10⅞ in (34.3 × 27.6 cm). Inscribed: 38. / Lib: Baro de Löuenstern ad viv: pinx. Darmst. / J. El. Ridinger sc: et excud. 1745. & captioned in German

“ This Young Leopard Horse

bred at Orange=Polder a village not far from Delft in the province of Holland

Ridinger, Ear-bouquet

had this ear-bouquet

of black color like the other spots and has been paid for as a rarity very dearly by the manorial family of counts Promnitz from Silesia on their Dutch journey 1743. ”

Thienemann & Schwarz 280. – Sheet 38 of the Representation of the Most Wondrous Deer and other Animals (“The six horses included in this collection were sold apart later, too”, Th.)

in a marvelous impression with margins 2.8-3.9 cm wide .

Small typograph. watermark. – On the back on both sides (on the left partially only) discoloring from previous glue strip. Invisibly acid-freely backed little tear in the white top margin.

The Instantaneous Depiction

— J. El. Ridinger sc(ulpsit): et excud(it). 1745

of the Leopard Horse

with the Quite Unique Ear-bouquet

missing in both the great Polish ( sic , Silesia ! ) 18-months Ridinger touring exhibition 1997/98 and the 1999 Darmstadt ( sic ! ) exhibition as the central, standards setting exhibitions to Ridinger’s 300th birthday. See their richly illustrated catalogs Johann Elias Ridinger and Die Tierdarstellungen von Johann Elias Ridinger resp.

Negative report, too, with the Silesian ( sic ! ) Ridinger collection 1885 at Boerner (cat. XXXIX). And among the innumerable duplicates of individual sheets of the Wondrous with the market-sweeper Hamminger 1895 but one single copy. Nevertheless Helbing could indeed assemble four copies for his Ridinger catalog of 1900, yet only two of which comparable, both the two others with narrow margins or even trimmed to the subject (cat. XXX, 653-656).

Ridinger, Tigerpferd mit Ährenbouquet

As hippological wonder

the portrait of the Promnitz trouvaille, conceivably painted already during the return, was entrusted to Ridinger as first resort for such for instantaneous documentation within his running series of zoological case examples.

Closely connected with the court at Darmstadt , Baron von Löwenstern ,

active also as poet and composer, was, like Goethe, an amateur artist with nonetheless a most extensive painted œuvre

“ of richly composed battle scenes in the manner of (Jacques) Courtois (1621-1675; ‘were esteemed and admired already by his contemporaries for the immediate freshness and liveliness of conception and rendition, as well as the masterly capture of the atmospheric ambience … was one of the first plein-air painters’, Th.-B. VII [1912], 591 f.), hunting pieces, and portraits … For the famous art clock (Louis VIII) presented Maria Theresa with (and had it conveyed in 1750 by his court hunting painter, the young Georg Adam Eger) L(öwenstern) worked both the first two designs. In some portraits of his (court painter) friend Joh. Chr. Fiedler L. painted the battle scenes in the background, so established for the landgrave’s portrait of 1741 … Main work: Battle at Dettingen, painted for the landgrave in 1746. 200 of such ‘battle and horse pieces’ were in the possession of the wife of hunting master von Reischbach … Fiedler painted his portrait, engraved in mezzotint by J. J. Haid (pupil and subsequently still journeyman with Ridinger, creator of his portrait both in oil and as “programmatic mezzotint” [Gode Krämer]) ”

(Thieme-Becker XXIII [1929], 328).

Beyond all this in the case here of great relevance in regard of both family and contemporary history finally the thematic reference to the historically deeply rooted purchasers of the thoroughbred “leopard” and immediate counts, the

Silesian family von Promnitz .

Ridinger, Leopard Horse with Ear-bouquet
Contemporary impression of the etching

Since 1542 in the possession of the dominion Pless in the administrative district Oppeln with ancestral seats at Sorau & Pless, the family brought forth several important members of greater interest. Although the dominion passed to the house of Anhalt-Koethen already 1765 (the family became extinct 1785), the “hunting lodge Promnitz” survived the centuries to this day and served Emperor William II in autumn 1913, when he killed the famous 26-pointer September 12, both as place of work and refuge for stalking.

During World War I temporarily imperial headquarter ,

“ (i)n (Promnmitz-)Pless

three decisions of far-reaching consequence were made ,

“ viz the relief of Erich v. Falkenhayn by legendary Field Marshal General Paul v. Hindenburg as chief of the general staff and at the same time the appointment of General Erich Ludendorff to First Quartermaster General. Then to be mentioned furthermore the decision to create a Polish state and finally

the declaration of unrestricted submarine warfare ,

resulting in the declaration of war

by the United States on the German Reich ”

(Andreas Gautschi in Gautschi and Rakow, Wilhelm II. und das Waidwerk. Bothel, Nimrod-Verlag F. Rakow, 2006, pp. 234 f. along with illustrations of Pless Castle & Park Pless and especially “His Majesty’s study in the Hunting Lodge Promnitz [Pless]”). In short,

“ For the first time the USA demonstrate

that they can operate with their army globally ”

(West German Broadcasting Corporation [WDR] on the 90th anniversary of the event of 6 April 2007)

On Promnitz also see Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie XXVI (1888), pp. 663 f.; Magno, Histor. Beschreibung der Hoch=Reichs=Gräfflichen Promnitzischen Residenzstadt Sorau, Leipsic 1710; König, Biograph. Lexikon aller Helden und Militärpersonen, welche sich in preuß. Diensten berühmt gemacht haben, vol. III, Berlin 1790; Bülau, Geheime Geschichten und räthselhafte Menschen, vol. II, 2nd ed., Leipsic 1863.

The unique sujet

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Promnitz Leopard Horse

ennobled in such a manner then here & now

In aforesaid marvelous impression with margins 2.8-3.9 cm wide .

Offer no. 16,164 / EUR  2300. / export price EUR  2185. (c. US$ 2526.) + shipping

THE SAME

in its reverse

Ridinger, Leopard Horse with Ear-bouquet

original printing plate

in the reddish-golden shine
of its
272-years old copper

as correspondingly trouvaillesk worldwide unique collector’s object par exellence here traced back far beyond Thieme-Becker (vol. XXVIII, 1933, p. 308)

seamlessly directly to the master’s estate itself

1856 considered by Thienemann in the context of the copper printing plates for Most Wondrous Deer as lost. For

“ Preserved original 18th century printing-plates

are of great rarity “

(Stefan Morét in Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, pp. 62 f. See also the plates there I.13, I.8 & I.11, color ill. 6 & b/w ills. pp. 63 f.).

And especially on Ridinger’s :

“ Of the high technical and qualitative standard of the works of Ridinger and his sons collaborating in the workshop especially as engravers the (only very partially) preserved printing plates bear witness still today. ”

In the same sense then already before Bernadette Schöller in Der Kölner Graphikmarkt zur Zeit Wenzel Hollars within Wenzel Hollar – Die Kölner Jahre ed. by Werner Schäfke, Cologne 1992, p. 19:

“ The copper plates

which due to both their raw material value and the working time invested therein, too,

enjoyed a far higher esteem

than, for instance, a preparatory drawing handled only too often disrespectfully … ”

As then elsewhere, too: “The Nuremberg publisher Frauenholz was so taken with this work that he acquired the plate from Reinhart (1761-1847) for a considerable sum” (Teeuwisse III [2007], 29).

Or Adrian Zingg, whom during his Paris years (1759/66) the great Wille ultimately paid “up to a thousand pound for the plate” while “for the accuracy with which he executed his works … nevertheless could not cover his expenses”. So this towards Hagedorn – to whom Ridinger dedicated his set The Deer’s Four Times of Day as the one and only own dedication – as director general of the arts in Saxony for the purpose of putting through his requests for employment in Dresden:

“ The work was agreed upon when I started it, and all the time spent much more time than I had expected at the beginning, and sacrificed of my own money, to finish the work to my liking ”

(Erwin Hensler in the explanatory notes to the 1923 facsimile edition of Zingg’s album, p. 4).

2011 the Cultural Endowment of the State of Lower Saxony

– Foundation Lower Saxony –

swept by its sudden acquisition of 104 ( sic !! ) plates

for the exquisite Brunswick Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum – not least, as the most striking, the greater part of the plates to the legendary 101-sheet set of the Most Wondrous Deer – irrecoverably from the market.

Establishing by this spectacular bleeding at the same time

Ridinger as the High in the North !

Analogously it was said here on occasion of the re-emergence of parts of the so-called Thieme-Becker block of Ridinger’s printing plates “One of the most sensational discoveries of art history … Ridinger’s original printing (sic!!!) plates”. That present one

the master has worked himself alone

should be mentioned expressly. Just as then documented in accordance with above inscription. – The original numbering “38”, removed for a differently compiled new edition about 1824/25, restored, however, only on occasion of a later 19th century edition. – On the right side, particularly in the caption, some small soldering spots.

Sheltered from tarnishing by fine application of varnish

the plate is printable generally in the ordinary course of its use during the times. However, it is offered and sold as a work of art and an object of collecting, viz without prejudice to its final printing quality. Shortly ,

a conceivably enjoying , worldwide unique absolutum .

Proposed to you with the recommendation of a timeless-elegantly frameless hanging (fittings included) for that you will experience the reflection of the respective light to the fullest.

Offer no. 14,946 / price on application

The most elitist

frequently still is the best value


“ … Thank you again for your considered thoughts. I am interested in the ‘Clara’ piece.  Please describe the process for completing a transaction for #15,275 ”

(Mr. M. P., December 8, 2008)