… and each day one more sheet …
Boar Hunt Month
“ The Canadian Indians name their months mostly from the hunt, from the turning red of the deer, after casting off their antlers, after the coming out of the gophers, and so forth. Besides they have a Beaver Month, a Travelling Month (October, when they leave for the hunt). ”
Something similar the arch nimrods among us could introduce, too, or could they? Like this …
December Boar Hunt Month
Who knows better names shall let out!
Else he may deign to the use of mine!
L. C. E. H. F. Wildungen, Jägerkalender, quoting from v. Zimmermann’s Taschenbuch der Reisen of 1804 (Weidmanns Feierabende II , pp. 100 f.)
Auguste André Lançon (St. Claude, Jura, 1836 – Paris 1887). Le Sanglier. Boar sitting in front of rocks. Wood engraving printed with toneplate by Ch. Rod. C. 1870. Inscribed: CH. ROD. / A. Lancon. 12½ × 8⅝ in (31.7 × 22 cm).
Thieme-Becker XXII, 285 f. – “Under the influence of Barye and Delacroix Lançon devoted himself chiefly to the depiction of predacious animals”. – Sovereign sujet.
Offer no. 11,991 / EUR 176. (c. US$ 213.) + shipping
CH(RISTUS). PROTECTOR MEUS
Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). How the Wild Boar is hunted and dealt the coup de grâce. – Qua Ratione Aper exagitatus tandem Prosternatur. Seized by the hounds on all sides, but also surrounded by several undone, the tusker is at bay by the foot of a mighty oak and receives the coup de grâce with the boar spear from the lord of the hunt. On the left several hunters, holding the horse and further hounds, coming from the right two hunters and grooms each, two of which with boar spears, too. Etching with engraving. Inscribed: Johann Elias Ridinger inven. fecit et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German & Latin as above. 20⅞ × 29¼ in (53 × 74.2 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 68; Catalog Augsburg 1967, no. 68 & cover ill. (detail); Schwerdt III, 135 (“of the largest and most artistic plates engraved by Ridinger himself”). – Not in the Ridinger catalogs Kielce (1997) & Kranichstein (1999). – With imperial privilege note.
The copy of the Dukes of Arenberg
with their oval blue collection stamp verso
with the three medlar flowers borrowed from the crest of the house
and the device
CH(RISTUS). PROTECTOR MEUS
(Lugt 567; ⅜×¼ in [10×8 mm]).
“ The House of Arenberg always distinguished itself by … strict piety, great lenience towards the subjects, and a liberal patronization of the arts. The palace at Brussels holds
one of the most important collections of paintings and art in Europe ”
(Leopold von Eltester, Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie I , p. 515).
In the eldest line dating back to the 12th century with Arenberg (Aremberg) in the district Adenau/Ahr as ancestral seat, substantial possessions on the Lower Rhine, in Westphalia and the Habsburg Netherlands and here in particular the part of today’s Belgium were acquired chiefly by marriage and inheritance with a consequential shift of interests.
On heavy laid paper supposedly watermarked Wangen and secondary mark FAvI (?). – Three sides with 8-15 mm wide white paper margin in addition to the platemark of c. 1 cm. Only on the left trimmed to the platemark with partially still fine paper margin. The left lower corner and right white margin a little crease-marked. Besides in the latter and in the middle of the caption one professionally done tear each. A former centerfold utterly smoothed out and perceptible as a faint shadow on the back only. However, in respect of the faults of preservation to be lamented almost always with these oversizes, these downright minimal age marks are entirely subordinate to the excellent printing quality with its marvelous chiaroscuro as adequate to what made
this inexpressibly fine sheet
of this ultimate representation of a hunting-historical zenith so unrivaled and unrepeated:
“ The worthy pendant to the one before, equally rich and well-done. ”
Of which therefore holds true what Thienemann already stated on the deer sheet:
“ … how artfully executed ! …
Most strikingly the various states of the many hounds …
Each part of this magnificent , wild group executed excellently ,
so that one cannot admire this masterpiece enough. ”
However, as dramatic scene and landscape – for Welisch (1904) Ridinger was indisputably “the most important Augsburg landscapist of this period, albeit he is mainly known as animal painter” –
as rarely traceable contemporary impressions
of this splendid composition, too, which together with the Par Force Hunt of the Stag – Th. 67 – forms the group of the Imperials. Ranking among Ridinger’s largest sheets, the plates of which were, contrary to Thienemann’s presumption (1856), not lost, but are available here, too.
Already 1857 Weigel could provide only late impressions of the Imperials within his immense inventory partly based on the Ridinger estate and in the Coppenrath Collection sold at auction 1889 they were missing just as in the Fine Collection of Drawings and Engravings of Joh. El. Ridinger’s from the Estate of a Known Collector sold at Wawra’s in Vienna 1890 in 421 partly many-leafed lots. Finally, the ones Helbing offered 1900 were slightly repaired.
And still 250 years later even but one sheet of these Imperials represents
A RIDINGER ABSOLUTUM , A SUN AMONGST HER PLANETS .
Offer no. 16,185 / EUR 4300. / export price EUR 4085. (c. US$ 4938.) + shipping
“ In the Year 1615. the 3rd xbris. … captured ”
Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). In the Year 1615. the 3rd xbris. (December) Sir William of Maxelheim Baron of Waldeck Have captured this Main Boar in the forest Dürenpüchs at the forest ground and it still can be seen in this illustration with its rare tusks at Norrendorff Palace. In full run to the left. Etching with engraving. Inscribed: 23 (with cancelled 3!) / J. El. Ridinger del. sculps. et excud. 1742., otherwise in German as above. 14¾ × 11½ in (37.3 × 29.3 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 265; Weigel (1857) 20 D (“New impressions”). – Sheet 23 of the 101-sheet set of the Most Wondrous Deer and other Wondrous Animals, here intended as sheet 2 of the self-contained set Other Wondrous Animals (Niemeyer II.2) of the edition jointly published by Engelbrecht and Herzberg about 1824/25 with the six boars as the beginning.
On heavy Grand Reserve Thurneisen wove paper with the untouched Thurneisen watermark and therefore cutting of the secondary mark G. R. of the Thurneisen mills flourishing from 1558 until 1925 at Basel (until 1886), Kandern (1819-1852), and Maulburg (1836-1925). – Margins top/bottom 4.6-5.3, laterally only 2.1-2.3 cm wide. – At the corners quite slight traces of former mounting to supporting paper, otherwise fine.
Offer no. 16,237 / EUR 570. / export price EUR 542. (c. US$ 655.) + shipping
Antonio Tempesta (Florence 1555 – Rome 1630). Battue of Boars, Deer, Hares, and Foxes. Mounted and on foot, armed with boar spear & short sword, the chain of beaters drives the game through a ditch, expected on its other side by a no lesser dense phalanx of hunters with javelins. Etching for Pieter Goos (Amsterdam 1616 – 1675) in Amsterdam. C. 1627. 3⅝ × 5¾ in (9.3 × 14.7 cm).
Schwerdt II, 253. – On fine, wide-margined laid paper with typographic watermark (further sheets of the set available here partly with watermark Amsterdam Arms flanked by Lions) in the copy of the collection “EK” not identified by Lugt with its small black round monogram stamp on the back (ligated, Lugt 3549, drawings and prints of the 17th to 19th centuries).
Highly instructive animated sheet
from the first part of the four-part set of the Venationes Ferarum, Avium, Piscium pugnæ Bestiariorum et mutuæ Bestianrum delineatæ ab Antonio Tempesta, consisting of 40 plates in total. The title plate aside, with Schwerdt only each the first plate of the following three parts bears the inscription “A. Tempest inventor / P. Goos excudebat”. Nevertheless the wide white lower platemark with just the number “2” on the right suggests
early impressions before the letter
as known, too, for the set Aucupationis Multifariæ Effegies Artificiosissimé published 1639 by Claes Jansz. Visscher de Jonghe (1586 Amsterdam 1652) and there expressly qualified by Schwerdt as “proof impressions”.
Offer no. 28,562 / EUR 148. (c. US$ 179.) + shipping
“ … and have such sharp arms on them ”
Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Sangliers de cinq ans portent les defenses d’un doigt de longueur et de plus qui sont fort trenchantes. Boars of Five Years carry their tusks one Finger long and more which are very sharp. Three of them in splendid forest lair, the boar in the center rubbing his rind at a mighty double trunk. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 15 / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inven. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin & below. 13½ × 16¾ in (34.3 × 42.4 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 210. – Sheet 15 of the Study of the Wild Animals with the caption of the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German:
“ Can one dare approaching without danger the wild boars, which appear quite alive here and have such sharp arms on them? … Pleasure and fear seems to mate in the thick bush … ”
– not by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time” – of this wanted, by Ridinger, however, clearly neglected species compared with his red deer in
wide-margined marvelous impression
and in such quality rare since old. – Margins on three sides 3.5-4, above 2.3 cm wide. In the left margin of the subject slight trace of box pleat, torn and backed below up to the last line of text. Verso there trace of a removed adhesive tape as well as scribbles by a collector’s grandson. A little backed tear also in the white upper margin. At the right lower edge faint fold outside of the text field. – Reverse detail drawing of the boar from 1735 in Hamburg Kunsthalle.
Offer no. 15,488 / EUR 1050. / export price EUR 998. (c. US$ 1206.) + shipping
The Boar Hunt’s Fine Close
A Unicum from Famous Stable
Georg Philipp Rugendas II (1701 Augsburg 1774). Good Hunting. Young hunter with his two hounds, propped over boar & hare laid down at the foot of a tree growing from a boulder. Sketched hilly landscape background with further tree. Pen & brush drawing in brown-black and grey resp. over occasional pencil, grey wash. Inscribed with the pen lower left below the fine border, both in brown ink: G. P. Rug. Junior. invenit A1736. 9⅞ × 7⅜ in (252 × 188 mm).
On strong Jean Villedary laid paper (“IV ILLEDARY”), the paper mill prospering for 150 years in Angoulême (acc. to Churchill, 1935, p. 21 from 1668 to 1758) and then in resumption or as a branch at Hattem/Netherlands, “sometimes in conjunction with the names of Dutch paper-makers” (Emma Ruffle) where his IV/I V for instance appears as countermark to the ones of C & I HONIG (about 1724/26-1902), but generally also abused as pirated mark like others standing for first qualities, too. In Augsburg “IV” papers were estimated by both Rugendas – as then just here, too – and Ridinger.
The in every detail typical signature probably somewhat paled, on the back below not shining through into the subject the diagonally set S-sequence of a child’s printing set with touch of an attempt of cure, otherwise perfectly fresh and mounted at the edges onto a cutout. – Under acid-free passepartout with 23.5-carat gilt stamped artist’s name and dates.
determined by the softness of its brush technique ,
sensitively executed and with dainty wash ,
as representative for the best of his drawings. “His strength lies in the careful, pictorial execution”, so Gode Krämer in the 1998 Augsburg Rugendas catalog (p. 46/I) on occasion of other works of the younger Georg Philipp. Usually working after his father’s designs and those of third parties, especially also after Johann Heinrich Roos, present work already excels just thematically. Motifs with the hunter and his hunting bag are generally rare. Here then as the sole content of the subject.
Offer no. 15,182 / EUR 5700. / export price EUR 5415. (c. US$ 6546.) + shipping
Johann Heinrich Tischbein II (Haina, Hesse, 1742 – Cassel 1808). A Wild Boar. Dead to the right with ground hatching only. Drawn from nature. Etching in vernis mou. 6 × 8¾ in (15.2 × 22.2 cm).
Sheet 28 of the 1827 Tischbein set of the “Fair Game” Nagler 44 – Lindner 11.2083.01; Schwerdt III, 173 – as a compilation mounted in points of throughout old till earlier impressions. – Mostly trimmed to platemark. Pinhead-small hole below the forelegs in the white field. – From the collection of the legendary railroad king DR. STROUSBERG, Berlin. – Fine sheet.
Offer no. 14,915 / EUR 176. (c. US$ 213.) + shipping
The Coarse Boar’s Tender Charm
Niemeyer 57. – Cannot be related in Nagler if not belonging to his omnibus number 21. By composition yet related to the larger “Wild Boar by the Tree” (Niemeyer 28; Nagler 8, 3) from 1784. So then also inscribed in pencil by a previous owner “J. G. Wintter 1784 sc.”. By other old hand besides “Cat. No. 1299”.
particularly rare ,
marvelous impression supposedly before the letter
on wide-margined light laid paper with torso of a typographic/figurative watermark. – In the upper right white plate field and paper margin resp. four quite faint brown spots, otherwise impeccable.
what an “easiness of being” here !
And Nagler, summarizing, “his etchings are excellent and are in the treatment between those by Hollar and Riedinger”.
Offer no. 15,666 / EUR 585. / export price EUR 556. (c. US$ 672.) + shipping
August Schleich (1814 Munich 1865). Troop of Boars. Group of four on clearing in the mountain forest with the capital boar in important dominance in the center to the left where a sow rests and a further one stands behind it while on the right a heavy beast runs downwards. Watercolor in especially richly differenciated grey and brown tones with black lights on grey tone paper. Inscribed lower left: A. Schleich (18)49. 8⅝ × 11⅞ in (22 × 30.3 cm).
Laid by old on braided mounting carton with “A. Schleich” in the upper center and on this fixed above completey with the result of a weak waving and below right per point.
Superb , colorfresh sheet ,
appropriately claiming what Nagler noted contemporarily in respect of the 1840/41 set of lithographs “Studies of Game Animals”:
“ Also in molding and perfection these sheets are to be praised ”.
Offer no. 14,560 / EUR 2100. / export price EUR 1995. (c. US$ 2412.) + shipping
Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Main Boar had at the 2. fore and right hind legs the dewclaws in the presented manner, therefore it traced like a wild sow with shoats, and after frequently been considered as such, In the Year 1731. shot in the Allgau near Oberndorf. Etching with engraving. Inscribed: 1. (sic!) / J. El. Ridinger ad vivum del. sculp. et excud. 1742., otherwise in German as above. 14¾ × 11½ in (37.4 × 29.3 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 268; Weigel (1857) 20 D (“New impressions”). – Sheet 26 of the 101-sheet set of the Most Wondrous Deer and other Wondrous Animals, here after erasure of the original numbering apparently renumbered in the plate, else in writing, as sheet 1 of the self-contained set Other Wondrous Animals (Niemeyer II.2) of the edition jointly published by Engelbrecht and Herzberg about 1824/25 with the six boars as the beginning.
The caption inked a little slightly, otherwise splendid impression on heavy wove paper watermarked (Thurn)eisen G(rand). R(eserve). of the Thurneisen mills flourishing from 1558 until 1925 at Basel (until 1886), Kandern (1819-1852), and Maulburg (1836-1925). – Bottom/top margins 4.7-5 and laterally only 2.2 cm wide. – Top right corner with slight trace of former mounting to supporting sheet, otherwise perfect.
Offer no. 16,236 / EUR 570. / export price EUR 542. (c. US$ 655.) + shipping
Johann Heinrich Tischbein II (Haina, Hesse, 1742 – Cassel 1808). A Leaping Wild Boar. To the right, with ground hatching only. Etching with aquatint. 5½ × 8 in (14.1 × 20.2 cm).
Sheet 23 of the 1827 Tischbein set of the “Fair Game” Nagler 44 – Lindner 11.2083.01; Schwerdt III, 173 – as a compilation mounted in points of throughout old till earlier impressions. – Trimmed on platemark. – From the collection of the legendary railroad king DR. STROUSBERG, Berlin.
Offer no. 14,913 / EUR 138. (c. US$ 167.) + shipping
Alphonse de Neuville (St. Omer 1836 – 1885, pupil of i. a. Delacroix). Chasse au Sanglier. Wild boar hunted with hounds with just a small lead of his pursuers. Wood engraving printed with tone plate by Jules Huyot (Toulouse 1841 – Eaubonne 1921). C. 1870. 8⅝ × 12⅜ in (21.8 × 31.3 cm). – Very fine sujet.
Offer no. 11,993 / EUR 220. (c. US$ 266.) + shipping
“Animal Soul Painter”
Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Snub=Eared Main Boar with cropped Tail which on the left side had the large Tusk broken off and on the right the Tusks grown crosswise His Princely Highness the ruling Sire Landgrave Louis (VIII) of Hesse-Darmstadt has cropped the ears with serene hand himself already 12. years ago and in the 1749th year January 18 wounded in the Bessungen Forest (Roßdorf, south of Darmstadt) and ditto 30th even shot in the All Saints Forest (Langen/Hesse, north of D.). Etching with engraving. Inscribed: 5. (sic!) / J. E. Ridinger del. sculps. et excud. A. V. 1753., otherwise in German as above. 13⅝ × 9¾ in (34.5 × 24.9 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 300; Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, VI.3 with ill.; Siebert-Weitz, Ridinger, 1999, pp. 28 f. with ill.; Weigel (1857) 20 D (“New impressions”). – Top-rounded sheet 58 of the 101-sheet set of the Most Wondrous Deer and other Wondrous Animals, here after erasure of the original numbering apparently renumbered in the plate, else in writing, as sheet 5 of the self-contained set Other Wondrous Animals (Niemeyer II.2) of the edition jointly published by Engelbrecht and Herzberg about 1824/25 with the six boars as the beginning.
“ The (Packer) bears a somewhat mysterious muzzle .
The deformed teeth of the boar , the clipped ears ,
and the stump tail are clearly visible ”
( Siebert-Weitz pages 28 & 30 ) .
“ Contrary to Louis VIII’s most other hunting successes published by Ridinger no further evidence has been preserved to this sheet of the series in the Kranichstein collection ” (Morét).
Splendid impression on heavy wove paper watermarked (Thurn)eisen G(rand). R(eserve). of the Thurneisen mills flourishing from 1558 until 1925 at Basel (until 1886), Kandern (1819-1852), and Maulburg (1836-1925). – Margins of present one laterally 4.2-4.7, below/top 6.2-6.7 cm wide. – At the corners quite slight traces of former mounting to supporting paper, otherwise fine.
Offer no. 16,238 / EUR 670. / export price EUR 637. (c. US$ 770.) + shipping
Johann Heinrich Tischbein II (Haina, Hesse, 1742 – Cassel 1808). A Wild Boar. Dead lying to the left on a mountain clearing with brushwood. Drawn from nature. Etching. 6⅛ × 8⅛ in (15.7 × 20.6 cm).
Sheet 29 of the 1827 Tischbein set of the “Fair Game” Nagler 44 – Lindner 11.2083.01; Schwerdt III, 173 – as a compilation mounted in points of throughout old till earlier impressions. – Mostly trimmed to platemark. Isolated minimal tiny fox spots. – From the collection of the legendary railroad king DR. STROUSBERG, Berlin. – Fine sheet, rich in light contrast.
Offer no. 14,916 / EUR 151. (c. US$ 183.) + shipping
“ Can one see a Grunting? … ”
Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Une Laie avec ses Marcassins dans son bouge. A Wild Sow with her Young Ones or Shoats in the Lair. Of the latter there are seven. On small clearing amidst mighty trunks leafy to the ground. Etching with engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 13 / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. Elias Ridinger inven. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13½ × 16¾ in (34.4 × 42.6 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 208. – Sheet 13 of the Study of the Wild Animals with the caption of the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German:
“ Can one indeed see a grunting? … that both of this is possible this sheet can show to us. Is not this wild sow almost alive? covers she not so naturally and so carefully her breed, which half wild and half droll? … ”
in splendid impression of shining-marvelous quality and therefore rarity.
With WANGEN watermark as so characteristic for contemp. impressions. – Margins above & below 2.9-3.1, laterally 3.7-4.3 cm wide. – In the white left upper margin small backed tear, in the caption on the left quite faint touch of creasing. On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson.
Offer no. 15,586 / EUR 1150. / export price EUR 1093. (c. US$ 1321.) + shipping
“ Thanks a lot for your answer to my request, in such a short time and in such a detail! I’m pleasantly surprised with the fact that you presented me 3 different options! The 2 options … although very tempting (pricewise, extra prints etc) do not interest me, because of the condition of the prints. As a collector I wouldn’t like anything else but the best – the first option. To be absolutely honest with you, I expected the price to be high, but not so much … (It’s a) ‘Museum quality’ piece … Congratulations for the excellent pieces you offer !!! ”
(Mr. L. M., January 12, 2016)