Johann Elias Ridinger, Turnpike set up for a Lynx

When Lynx & Wolf still were Free Game

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Turnpike set up for a Lynx! Moonlit rock grotto with the lynx just ready to leap at the dead bird hanging at the cord. Etching with engraving. (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. Elias Ridinger inv. del. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above and below. 9¾ × 14⅜ in (24.8 × 36.4 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 82; Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, V.15 with ill.; Ridinger catalog Kielce, 1997, 35. – Sheet 14 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 7 lines caption detailed a-k:

“ When one notices the lynxes’ and wolves’ runs and traces, so in the mountains and woods on narrow paths such turnpikes are set up for them in the following manner … When now the beast of prey after everything has been weathered well also the by-passes have been denied comes to pull off the bait … so the setup springs off and the same has its neck or back broken by the punch bar and without suffering injury of its skin … ”

“ … ‘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).

On strong laid paper with typographic watermark (WANGEN?). – C. 1 cm wide margin around in addition to the 5 mm wide white platemark. – Lower left small completed tear in the white paper margin. – Available here both the original printing-plate in the shine of its centuries-old copper and the richly washed original drawing in the same direction as the engraving from the small group of the master’s painterlies.

Offer no. 16,142 / EUR  449. / export price EUR  427. (c. US$ 524.) + shipping

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(Mr. M. W., December 19, 2012)


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