When Wolves found themselves still taken seriously
“ … and ha(d) to give up himself in the Pit ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). How the Wolf is brought onto the disc by the Duck and catched in the Pit. In thick wood scenery from the right a wolf leaps for the duck bound to the now dipping disc. Above of this at a branch a bait, far right a second wolf. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. et del. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculps. Aug. Vindel., otherwise in German as above and below. 9⅝ × 14½ in (24.5 × 36.7 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 84; Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, V.17 with ill.; Ridinger catalog Kielce, 1997, 36; Stubbe, Die Jagd in der Kunst – Johann Elias Ridinger, 1966, plate 10. – Sheet 16 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 , 1554 lots). – Splendid, wide-margined impression. – With 6 lines caption:
“ The wolf pit shall be set up at places where neither humans nor other, particularly big game get very easily … however, these pits shall be deep 12 to 14 foot and in diameter if they are round 8 to 9 foot … besides the pit has to be well served with smoothed thick boards on the ground and those sides so that the wolf finds no purchase in leaping up nor finds occasion to dig himself through, onto this pit … a disc closely woven from wattles can be set into equilibrium … when one notices that the wolf has taken the bait, so one may bind a living goose or lamb onto the disc, finds he such a juicy morsel he will do a pounce at it, immediately the disc turns that he drops and has to give up himself in the pit. ”
“ … ‘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).
Offer no. 15,851 / EUR 560. / export price EUR 532. (c. US$ 662.) + shipping
– – – The same in a fine impression on strong laid paper with margins on three sides 3.3-4.3 cm wide, on the left with 0.8-1 cm plus the 9 mm wide white platemark more narrow-edged. The lower left corner besides with narrow diagonal cut-off 7 cm long.
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