Instructive Representation of Partridge Catching
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). How the Partridges are captured with the Net. Two hunters draw the large-sized net over the flock of partridges the pointer stands at while a third one takes off his coat to throw it over the bag that none escapes. On the bar behind a bird of prey. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. et del. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculps. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above and below. 9⅝ × 14¼ in (24.3 × 36.2 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 97; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX (1885), 1787 (only as new impression); Stubbe, Die Jagd in der Kunst – Johann Elias Ridinger, Hamburg/Berlin 1966, pl. 12; Deutsches Leben der Vergangenheit, Eugen Diederichs, Jena 1908, ill. 1489. – Not in the Ridinger catalogs Darmstadt (1999) and Kielce (1997). – Sheet 29 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) and moreover
one of the five missing there also as individual sheet !
With 6 lines instructive caption:
“ This is such a wellknown thing to the connoisseurs of the hunt that I regard it superfluous to recall more of it than; that one shall know well to handle the net, to pick up and tie the same so that it never gets confused … Above all it depends on a well-trained pointer which stands the fowls correctly … some even lie down before the fowls and stand the net well … if the flying up of the fowls begins … those who have netted take off their coats and throw them hotfoot onto the net and the fowls so that they not contract the net by the flying up and break through, but can be taken alive or dead. ”
“ … ‘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 (?). – Margins on three sides 2.6-4 cm, on the left 7-11 mm wide.
Offer no. 16,160 / EUR 590. / export price EUR 561. (c. US$ 688.) + shipping
– – – The same in as contrast-rich as warm-toned impression on laid paper with WANGEN(?) watermark. – With surrounding paper margin of 1-2 mm around the 7 mm wide platemark and thus still acceptable. On the back traces of previous mounting in spots.
Offer no. 28,082 / EUR 562. / export price EUR 534. (c. US$ 655.) + shipping
“ I am curious as to the history of this (original Ridinger printing) plate (I just bought) and the others you have offered. Did you purchase them from the Ridinger estate (indirectly, indeed) or a private collector? These are truly rare one of a kind pieces ”
(Mr. L. A. F., October 28, 2003)