Will the Old Rogue be charmed?
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). To capture an old alienated Fox with the Steel Iron. In fine night of a full moon Reynard picks up the scent towards the bait mounted onto a post in the water. In front of this the steel iron in outline. “We shall see if the old rogue will be charmed” (Th.). Besides, on the opposite higher bank the hunter lies ready with the gun. On the left in the background bridge and thatched building. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El Ridinger inv. del. et exc. Aug. Vind. / Mart. El. Ridinger sc. A. Vind., otherwise in German as above and below. 9⅞ × 14½ in (25.1 × 36.8 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 90; Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, III.19 with ill.; Ridinger catalog Kielce, 1997, 39. – Sheet 22 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). – With 4 lines caption:
“ The steel iron is set at places where spring or backwater which yet have a drain where it is very shallow … beside of it some viscera of a roe stuck up elevated on a fork, on the side a low but overgrown fence added which lead the fox towards the iron … so he is … brought onto the steel iron and captured well as otherwise old and alienated foxes are not easily brought onto overgrown irons anymore. ”
“ … ‘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. – 5 mm margin around the by itself 6-8 mm wide white platemark. – A tear of 12 cm at the right upper corner professionally done and perceptible within the subject as slight pleat the most. – Very fine painterly sujet.
Offer no. 16,155 / EUR 590. / export price EUR 561. (c. US$ 689.) + shipping
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(Mr. P. C., July 22, 2002)