Johann Elias Ridinger, How the Capercaillies are shot before the Capercaillie dog or Yapper

“ … now if he gets at this noble winged game … ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). How the Capercaillies are shot before the Capercaillie dog or Yapper. In original wood cock flown up in a tree. Below the yapping bird dog, on the left the hunter shooting. Etching with engraving. (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger del. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above and below. 9¾ × 14¼ in (24.7 × 36.3 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 94; Dietrich Stahl, Über die Jagd mit verbellenden Vogelhunden, in Et Multum et Multa, Festgabe für Kurt Lindner, 1971, pp. 385 ff. with ill. 2. – Not in the Ridinger catalogs Darmstadt (1999) and Kielce (1997). – Sheet 26 of the instructive 30-sheet set Ways to trap the Wild Animals (“A rare set, of importance to those who are interested in the various methods of trapping wild animals”, Schwerdt 1928, and “Rarest of All Hunting Sets by Ridinger” [Halle, Munich 1928, LXVIII/323]), as a whole missing even in Helbing’s monumental offer Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger (catalog XXXIV [1900], 1554 lots). – With 6 lines caption:

“ Notwithstanding it is professed that the capercaillies can be shot only in the rutting, so one has carried the matter so far nonetheless that one shoots them outside it, too, by a really small dog called the capercaillie yapper … now if he gets at this noble winged game it flows up in a tree as the dog barks at it, if the hunter hears this he has to come running upwind as much as possible but also be cautious that he does not make the capercaillie get off by too much noise … ”

“ It certainly belongs to the rarities in the field of the hunting technique having one kind of hunting been preserved practically unchanged through centuries down to our present time. This is especially true if it is about such a specific hunt as that with bark alerting bird dogs … Johann Elias Ridinger

has represented this hunt in a particularly fine sheet ”


“ … ‘The Ways to trap the Wild Animals’ belong to the chief works among Ridinger’s representations of the hunt … here, too, extensive captions are added to the plates which elucidate the depiction … This – typical for Ridinger –

combination of high-quality work of art and … text

should be a reason for the great success of his works ”

(Stefan Morét, Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, pp. 106 f., erroneously stating 31 sheet as belonging to).

In the margin 3.2-4.7 cm wide partially unessentially timemarked. Pinhead-small brown spot in the foliage of the upper edge of the subject.

Offer no. 15,756 / EUR  630. / export price EUR  599. (c. US$ 735.) + shipping

– – – The same on strong laid paper with typographic watermark WANGEN (?) and 1-1.4 cm margin around the itself 5 mm wide white platemark.

Offer no. 16,159 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 688.) + shipping

“ Received the 2 parcels yesterday in A. M. I am very pleased with the books as well as the condition of them. Thank you again … I hope we can do business again in the near future ”

(Mr. L. A. F., March 11 and 1 resp., 2001)


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