“ … What a Variety ,
what a truth in the expression of emotions !
his works speaks to us so exceedingly ,
we couldn’t take our eyes off them ,
he keeps … always new , valuable and esteemed .
Yes , indeed , he is in fact an animal mind-painter .”
(Thienemann as résumée to the following)
Offered to you at
a great August 2002 price halloo !
Hence good sport , before … … … !!
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Fair Game hunted by the different kinds of hounds. With annotations how such are hunted, attacked, catched, held fast, brought down, and partly throttled by them … presented and edited by Johann Elias Ridinger painter and engraver, director of the Augsburg Academy, too, in the year 1761. Set of 22 sheet.
Engraved title with large vignette of a boar-hunt
21 etchings with engraving
(11⅛-11⅜ × 9¾-10 in [28.4-28.8 × 24.8-25.3 cm]). Inscribed: Roman numbering and (II-XXII) J. El. Ridinger inv. del. sc. et exc. A.V. (differing: V = Joh. … Aug. Vind., VIII + XXII = … Aug. Vind., title = “N.o” I), otherwise in German as below.
Thienemann + Schwarz 139-160; Weigel, Kunstlager-Cat., XXVIII, 13 A (?, perhaps intermediate state, of A-C); Nagler 16; Coppenrath pt. II, 1464; Schwerdt III (1928), 137 (“An interesting series”). – Illustrations: Schwarz I, plt. VIII; Stubbe, Ridinger, 1966, plts. 14-16; Ridinger Cat. Kielce, 1997, pp. 38-41.
Copy of absolutely uniformly fine print quality ,
most wide-margined by 21½-22 × 14⅜-15 in (54.5-56 × 36.5-38 cm) ,
coming from an old extensive collection ,
what means, three-sided uncut with the original laid paper edges, while the left-sided clean cut with practically nevertheless the full 6 cm margin like on the right suggests that two plates each may have been printed on one sheet of paper being in accordance with the size of Ridinger’s largest prints, Th. 67/68, printed from one plate each. In the absence of any traces of tacks and marbling the set was obviously never bound. Only the title, printed differently on especially buff laid paper, cut also at the top and thus with only 53 cm a little shorter. Please note, that Schwerdt’s copy reached with only 17½ × 11¾ in (44.5 × 29.8 cm) already the top of its boar-spike!
Isolated typographic watermarks. – Outer margins of the title slightly smudgy and right-sided somewhat teared. Three sheet with original small defects in an outermost marginal corner. Slight trace of squeezing in the white outer margin of XI, a smoothed diagonal fold in left and lower margin touching still the outermost white corner of the plate and a further one, confined to the outer white upper margin, in XII. The general squeezing of the paper of VII predominantly confined to the right half and here noticeable somewhat disturbingly only out of the subject.
The European Bison – The Bear (“there is a good engraving of a bear fighting with hounds, pl. 14”, Stubbe) – The Elk – The Red Stag – The Wild Sow or Boar – The Wolf – The White Fir-Stag (Fallow-Deer) – The Wild Swan (“surely the rarer Whooper Swan”) – The Lynx – The Reindeer – The Roe – The Chamois – The Fox – The Beaver – The Otter – The Wildcat – The Hare – The Badger – The Marten – The Polecat, Squirrel and Weasel – Wild Ducks . – Thienemann:
“ Thus a theme with 21 variations … What a variety, what a truth in the expression of emotions! Yes, indeed, he is in fact an animal mind-painter. Hence his works speak to us so exceedingly, hence we couldn’t take our eyes off them, hence he sticks … always new, valuable and esteemed … One of the later works of Ridinger, but completely done himself alone … ”
On top the figuration closed in an arch. – With 9-13-line caption as well to the game itself as to selection + action of the different races of its assailants. In this instructiveness quite in the sense of Stubbe, who quotes in respect of the Par force Hunting as a further late work (p. 30):
“ … and their captions … bring together the pleasant satisfaction
which good informations , devised thoroughly , can give .
A life full of hunting experience ,
a knowledge, earned in many years by conceivable alert attention, of the causes and considerations which lead to the single steps and hunting practices qualify the artist to define all kinds of hunting
not only after their execution ,
but especially out of their reasons .
This happens … in all shortness … the limited space below the subjects suffices for intensive, yet easily understandable annotations in engraved writing. ”
And so it is satisfaction and joy here together to be able to lay before anew this
textually as optically so splendid homage on our hounds –
“ The care of the hounds let be highly recommended to you
out of dark lair you will drive surely a wild boar by their cries! ”
( caption of the title-vignette ) –
Offer no. 28,822 / Good Sport August 2002 Price
“ Subject: Thanks!
Thanks for your kind reply. I wanted to comment that your thoughts on freedom (the quote that you had on the end of your message to me) are exactly the same as my beliefs.
I write, however, because I was surprised to get it from Europe … Although an American, almost all my early family were Huguenots … In fact, my relative, Jan C. is noted as the earliest C. to have arrived in N. America (in 1636, I think) … ”
(Mrs. C. F., November 14, 2003)