in niemeyer’s Garden at Snowy Night —
Mating Season Foxes!!
That the hen-houses in the marsh are well-known to the foxes, a neighbor and hunting board member reported already twenty years ago, when niemeyer’s had moved to where the wind blows. Yet in all those years never ever one of the red-coated fellows was heard at niemeyer’s, never mind seen. Only on the moors some 20 miles away Reynard had shown himself once in the reeds for a minute.
Dinner on Maleperduis (detail)
Until one evening in late January loud screams and barking called the antiquary away from his occupation with the fêtes galantes and Cythera, the Island of Love, and to the window where in diffuse moonlight grey shadows chased across the snow. Too low for roes, too small either for wolves regularly killing again in the farther neighborhood on the geest, certainty came when one of the shadows stopped for a moment just below the window:
Foxes in breeding season !!
And with the exception of thunderbolt or threatening storm or great cold the fox is heard only during the mating season from late January till early March. And as sly fox he of course dwells in sure distance from those henhouses and other places of nightly robberies.
“… make a Great Howling
at Night particularly in Wintertime”
Ridinger, Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780). Smoky Red Fox. / ordinary Fox. Quite painterly arranged plate. The latter standing above to the right, yet barking to the left, below the former half lying to the left. “Quite appealing” (Th.). Colored etching/engraving. Inscribed: VULPES RUTGARIS. VULPES RUFESECUS. / Brand Fuchs. ordentlicher Fuchs. / Renard roussatre. Renard. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / Ridinger, fec. 12⅜ × 8¼ in (31.4 × 21.1 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 1063. – IN THE RIDINGERS’ ORIGINAL COLORING from the unnumbered Colored Animal Kingdom created since 1754 and concluded finally posthumously not before 1773 (“Complete copies are next to untraceable”, so Weigel, Art Cat., part XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a as merely 120-sheet torso, 1857 ! , but also just individual plates quite rarely on the market only, at niemeyer’s presently nevertheless the one as the others). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition from the plates shortened even under loss of animals and with modified titling and the Ridinger inscription removed, yet now numbered, was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25. – Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 10, enclosed in copy:
“ There are, as generally known, two kinds of this animal, that is light red and smoky red foxes. The difference which is found between them, is that those have more black and a brisker color at their hairs, whereas the light red foxes are of a lighter color … They are … chased very hard, especially at that period when their coat is the finest … In mating season they frequently pursue each other and make a great howling at night particularly in wintertime ”
Thienemann besides pointing out once more, “ that the foxes designated here as different species belong to one species”. As further color variants blackish-brown as well as cross and – particularly desired – silver foxes have to be mentioned.
The attribution of the work to Johann Elias’ eldest, Martin Elias, results from the style regarded as individual – like a dot or comma between “Ridinger” and for instance “fec.” – as compared against such plates of the Animal Kingdom inscribed with his name.
With watermark C & I Honig as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses
“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works
“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Margins on three sides 1.7-2.7 cm, below 4.5 cm wide. – Tiny little brown spots showing from the back at the Familia line in the white text field.
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Fox Lodge. Winter scenery in a full moon. On the clearing a dead horse at which the fox is caught by the fire from the hut. A second one tries to get out of harm’s way. Chalk lithograph printed with olive-green tone plate by Eugen Krüger (Altona 1832 – Düsternbrook/Kiel 1876) bei Boyes & Geisler in Hamburg. (1861-62). Inscribed: Gez. u. lith. v. E. Krüger, title in German as before. 9⅞ × 12⅝ in (25.1 × 32 cm).
From the first edition of the 22 sheet set incl. title (The Hunt drawn and lithographed) (Souhart 275; Rump 40) and as a whole, even more so in its largely unknown original edition spread over 7 issues,
of utmost rarity.
Not in Schwerdt! – Thieme-Becker XXI, 593 & Boetticher I/2, 808 f., each with the second edition only published in 1867 as (Game and Forest) by O. Meissner in Hamburg. – On light cardboard. – With the printer’s address “(Printed by Winckelmann & Sons in Berlin)”. – On the back slightly foxing, on front though affecting the white margin minimally only.
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Dinner on Maleperduis. Self-assured with a tail-feather as trophy in the fang over the cock, which four puppies already taste, two of them in own repetition of the paternal pose. And from the earth the vixen looks at. Wood engraving after Ludwig Beckmann (Hanover 1822 – Dusseldorf 1902). (1873.) Inscribed: (Lud)w. Beckmann. Drf, otherwise as above. 9¼ × 12½ in (23.6 × 31.9 cm).
Printed from the block shortened obviously on the left for keeping from the abbreviated first name still only the “w”, but, nevertheless, if necessary regarding only brushwood. Finely wide-margined all-around.
Offer no. 11,191 / EUR 120. (c. US$ 145.) + shipping
A Fox Hunt. Seized from all sides by three hounds at the foot of a dead tree the fox defends itself with last effort. Toned lithograph by Adolf Rohlfs after Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767) printed by A. Renaud for L. J. Heymann in Berlin. (1863-65.) Inscribed: Gez. v. J. E. Ridinger, lith. v. A. Rohlfs etc., otherwise in German as before. 12⅜ × 9 in (31.5 × 22.7 cm).
(HERMANN MENZLER’S “JOH. EL. RIDINGER’S HUNTING ALBUM” II/8.) – Cf. Th. 152. – From the (Album of Interesting Hunt and Group Pictures) carried as 2nd part. – The whole rare set almost unknown to literature and practically to be completed just peu à peu, comprises 80 sheet plus a recently discovered illustrated title of far larger image size (13¾ × 14⅛ in [47.5 × 36 cm]), quite predominantly by Menzler himself. – On strong, wide-margined paper. Especially in the lower and upper margin quite minimally colour or brown spotted.
The scene of sheet 14 of the Fair Game hounded by the Different Kinds of Hounds, here, however, without the fourth hound far right and also visibly differently accentuated in the surroundings though keeping the two main trees whose essential one in the centre resumes Ridinger’s vanity symbolism. Also not taken over the top rounding. By this, however,
a first degree collection enrichment .
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A Fox with a White Neck. Drawn from life. Etching with aquatint by Johann Heinrich Tischbein II (Haina, Hesse, 1742 – Cassel 1808). 3⅛ × 5⅝ in (8 × 14.2 cm).
Sheet 34 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.
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The Foxes there are two kinds; have 4. to 6. puppies; are able to rut the other year. In mountainous forest region with extended castle (surely Maleperduis Castle) on the right in the middle distance five old ones vituperating at each other and four puppies. Etching and engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (1736.) Inscribed: 23. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13½ × 16⅜ in (34.4 × 41.7 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 218. – Sheet 23 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. – Margins on three sides 2.4-3.3, on the right 5.5 cm wide. – Thin paper spot in the upper edge of the subject and paper margin visible against the light only. Likewise two faint centerfolds practically not perceptible from front.
“ … Rid...... is it not enough to represent bodies lively / he even shows to our eyes, these animals’ scornful barking, why even more he can penetrate the animals’ spirit so deeply / bring it visibly with all passion into a copper … Seems it now the bad fox to be more harmful than useful; however, their hides have to protect us from severe frost … ”
– not by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time” –
IN SHINING MARVELOUS IMPRESSION
of ultimate beauty as in such quality rare since old. For even in exemplary old Ridinger collections the old impressions of particularly this so fine large-sized main set often figure only closely trimmed, damaged, and fully mounted.
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Foxes before their Earth. As above, yet without the 5th full-grown fox looking from behind the trunk. Also the tree accessories partly slightly varied and shortened resp. Toned lithograph by Hermann Menzler printed by A. Renaud for L. J. Heymann, both at Berlin. (1863/65.) Inscribed: Gez. v. J. E. Ridinger, lith. v. H. Menzler etc., otherwise in German as above. 10⅛ × 11⅝ in (25.7 × 29.4 cm).
(JOH. EL. RIDINGER’S HUNTING ALBUM II/13.) – From the (Album of Interesting Hunt and Group Pictures) carried as 2nd part. – The whole rare set almost unknown to literature and comprising 80 sheet, although practically to be completed just peu à peu. In the pictorial effect corresponding to that of the aquatint technique not used by Ridinger anymore. – On strong wide-margined paper. – Three very small and tiny resp. tears in the wide white lower margin acid-freely repaired. – Without Brockes’s verses.
Offer no. 12,320 / EUR 290. / export price EUR 276. (c. US$ 334.) + shipping
Alken, Henry (1785 London 1851). A Night Scene with Sir Thomas Mostyn (Fox hunting). On slope moderately illuminated by a lantern and moonlight the pack follows the just dug-out fox while the huntsmen, spades still in hands, looking after taken aback. Colored aquatint. 5⅞ × 9½ in (14.9 × 24.2 cm).
Trimmed within the wide white platemark. – “Starting off with a detailed observation of nature for his very exact, mostly colorful works (Alken created) his best drawings and prints … in the 20s and 30s …” (AKL II, 146).
Offer no. 11,758 / EUR 125. (c. US$ 151.) + shipping
Rare the Fox ,
yet foremost Instructive the Gun
In the Year 1720. His Excellency Sire Count of Ohringen (Hohenlohe-Öhringen) has shot this entirely white fox himself close to Ohrenthal (near Öhringen on the Ohrn in the Ohrn district). “The white fox hangs by one of the hind legs, beside him a strong greyhound lashed up, before one sleeping and still three other hounds” (Th.). Etching & engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (1750/53.) Inscribed: 56. / Joh. El. Ridinger Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind. 13⅝ × 9⅞ in (34.7 × 25 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 298; Ortega y Gasset, Meditationen über die Jagd, 1981, full-page ill. p. 65. – Plate 56 of the till today unmatched comprehensive standard work Exact and True Representation of Both the Most Wondrous Deer and Other Particular Animals … of the Rarities showing in Nature published for subscription.
Barrel , ramrod , sling , lock , trigger guard —
with 18.5 cm quite instructive-dominating on the left
the extremely long flint-lock gun
by which the white one was bagged and on the barrel of which he now hangs. – The representation arched at top. – Lower and partly right outer margin barely disturbingly a little spotted.
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– – – The same from the final complete edition, Leipsic c. 1859. 13⅝ × 9⅝ in (34.5 × 24.5 cm). – On toned vélin with margins of 1.8-2 cm all round, drawing impeccably clear and vibrant still in the subtlest italics.
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Hares Taken by Surprise. Three in the cabbage before grain through which Reynard the Fox already scents. Wood engraving by after Ludwig Beckmann (Hanover 1822 – Dusseldorf 1902). (1873.) 7⅞ × 10¼ in (20 × 26 cm).
Offer no. 11,183 / EUR 84. (c. US$ 102.) + shipping
“ The Foxes fetched a Banquet in the Hen-house ,
yet at once Dogs were set on them ,
and thus it is about Feathers so about Hairs ”
World World. Two foxes – Thienemann comments – , one takes to his heels with a hen in the mouth, the other has dropped the killed cock to defend himself against a dog. Two further packers hurrying down an elevation to take part in the battle. / Oh Oh. The night owls consumed a poor little hare, so soon cats come along, too, and liked to take them together with the hare, there it is about hairs so about feathers. An eagle owl – Thienemann comments – , sitting on a captured hare, is attacked by two cats which want to take the hare from it. Above a second owl is about to fly down and prevent the heist.
2 sheet as lively wall-fitting scenarios
in fine hilly water landscape under the full moon, located each at the opposite end of the same pond. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780) after Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Inscribed: XXXIII. and XXXIV. resp. / Joh. El. Ridinger. del: et inv(in): 1753. / M. El. Ridinger. Filio suo. sp. 1777, otherwise in German as above along with 2-line motto. 13⅛ × 9¾ in (33.3 × 24.8 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 376 & 377; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, within 1887 ( “New impressions”, 1885!); Reich auf Biehla Collection 118 & 119 ( “Rare”, 1894!; pl. 34 trimmed to platemark); Helbing XXXIV, Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, 892 & 893 (pl. 34: “Rare”, 1900! ).
The pair XXXIII/XXXIV with wave-shaped arched top of the 46-sheet set To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt ( “The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt 1928) etched exclusively by Martin Elias after predominantly his father’s designs and concluded in 1779.
Wide-margined impressions of vibrant chiaroscuro originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman on firm laid paper with typographic watermark as one of Ridinger’s preferred qualities
with the Roman numbers
(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.). – In the far white upper margin still both the two pinholes from the original stitching in numbers, at the far right edge of pl. 34 small tidemark.
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Plate 2 of the Didactic Pieces of Hunting:
The Fox Hunt
Thoman(n) von Hagelstein, Ernst Philipp (1657 Augsburg 1726). Didactic Pieces of Hunting. Set of 4 sheet. Mezzotints printed in brown. Sheet 1 inscribed: E. P. Thoman. excudit. 13⅞ × 19⅝ in (35.2 × 49.7 cm) and (sheets 1-3) subject size 13½-13¾ × 19¼-19½ in (34.3-35 × 49-49.4 cm) resp.
Schwerdt III, 171, a (Baillie-Grohman’s copy; “A complete and interesting set”). – For fitting into an album three sides trimmed to platemark (only sheet 4 with fine margin and also generally slightly agemarked) and below at loss of the German quatrains & numbering (Schwerdt: N.1–N.4), mounted by old on laid paper and lined in brown ink. In the white upper margin old inventory inscription (Nro 1, 7, 8, 6/Tom: X/Fol 88, 94, 95, 93), also in brown ink. – Smoothed centerfold.
Pictorially & instructively marvelous set
of — as here — complete extraordinary rarity
(provable here only the Schwerdt-Baillie-Grohman copy now in the British Museum) in the fine impressions of a comprehensive old stock, richly nuanced in its chiaroscuro and, as all mezzotints by Ernst Philipp, even in individual plates, as here in 55 years also not been present, exceedingly rare. – Plate 2 on the
Smoking out, stoning, picking down from a tree, but foremost on two separated levels full cry of the horsemen, the footmen, the packs. – Slightly larger worm trace in the image margin upper left.
The other three plates on Wolf Hunt – Hare Hunt – Badger & Hedgehog Hunt, the latter as additionally very rare representation. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 28,996 / price on application
Fox. A shadow play shows male and female hare in an inattentive moment. Wood engraving by J. (?) Whymper. (1876.) 8⅛ × 6 in (20.7 × 15.1 cm). – With text sheet in German:
“ Where there is a clearing in the woods, the fox preferably settles behind a rotten trunk or otherwise covered by brushwood and bramble creeps where free view is granted to him on all sides without him being noticed easily. Immovable, yet always alert he eyes about, as the circumstances may be ready for flight or attack. Suddenly an interesting picture shows. The treacherous sun draws on the sloping sand hill the shadows of two hares which seem to neglect all prudence in eager lovey-dovey … ”
Offer no. 11,666 / EUR 86. (c. US$ 104.) + shipping
Vernet, Carle (actually Antoine Charles Horace, Bordeaux 1758 – Paris 1836). La Chasse. Fox-hunting. The hunting party galloping across hilly landscape with the pack aside. The fox not visible yet. Aquatint by Louis Philibert Debucourt (1755 Paris 1832) printed in brown. Inscribed: C. Vernet del. / P. L. Debucourt sculp. / Déposé a la Bibliotheque Nalle. / A Paris chez Rolland, Place Victoires, No. 6., otherwise as above. 19 × 26¼ in (48.1 × 66.8 cm).
Dayot 2, II (with ill.); Fenaille 141, II, each final state with the letter. – Two minimal box pleats in the sky. – On untrimmed Van Gelder Zonen laid paper with margins on three sides 4-4.8, above 2.5 cm wide in addition to the already wide white platemark.
Superior splendid print
in Debucourt’s characteristic painterly aquatint manner and wanted as all his engravings.
For the horse-crazy Vernet meanwhile a sujet par excellence :
In 1784 the same father – the landscape and marine painter Claude Joseph V. – who urged the son only one year before “he should restrain from riding, and not leave his works incomplete” bought him a horse as additional stimulation. In 1787 the success turned up with the Triumph of Paulus Aemilius founding his fame
“ who had achieved extraordinary in this not only in the historic part, but namely through the representation of horses … and from this time on the artist improved unrelentingly the talent he possessed to depict with luck horses and any motif where such animals occur. ”
And continuing Nagler sums up :
“ As animal painter, especially in the representation of horses and hounds, Vernet occupies a special position … In most compositions the movements of the often numerous animals and human figures are given with equally great liveliness as truth of nature. The correctness and the instantaneousness of the movements are just the part of art in which Carle Vernet excels in masterly. ”
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Fox on the Springe Path. Reynard the Fox stalking for thrush flesh. Wood engraving by C. (?) Bothe after Carl Friedrich Deiker (Wetzlar 1836 – Dusseldorf 1892). (1873.) Inscribed: C. F. Deiker / Bothe sc., otherwise as above. 11 × 7¼ in (28.1 × 18.3 cm).
Offer no. 11,186 / EUR 101. (c. US$ 122.) + shipping
Drawing the Covert. Five-strong hunting party on horseback with pack entering a wood. Aquatint printed in color and colored by hand by Richard George Reeve (fl. c. 1806-1840 in London) after Dean Wolstenholme I (1757 in Yorkshire – 1837, active in London). Inscribed: Painted by Wolstenholme. / Engraved by Reeve. / Fox Hunting Pl. 1. / Published by Reeve. No. 7. Vere Street. March 1. 1808. 14 × 17½ in (35.4 × 44.3 cm).
From the unnumbered 4-sheet set Schwerdt III (1928), 127 c (subject size 16½ × 21⅞ in [42 × 55.5 cm], trimmed within the platemark under obvious loss of title and address) in its smaller version Schöller Collection (1921) 414 (“Smaller engravings of the well-known set of aquatint sheets printed in color”) + Mellon Collection (Snelgrove, Prints, 1981) Wolstenholme (I) 1 (“coloured by hand”, otherwise trimmed within the platemark) with reference to Schwerdt, at which whose larger version has been overlooked as unknown. As this smaller version – and just also only this within the 17 Wolstenholme positions at Schöller – on its part unbeknownst to Schwerdt when noting “It may be a set printed in 1808 to which (Siltzer) refers without giving the measurements”. Regarding his own set Schwerdt thinks of “Siltzer, p. 309, mentions a set printed in 1806 but the sizes he gives are not correct.” Sheet 4 of the smaller version figuring maybe erroneously in respect of the cut as sheet 1 at Schwerdt, who by the way qualifies the set as follows:
“ A very attractive series (although without titles) principally on account of its exceptionally fine colouring. Besides, the riders and hounds are more in proportion to the landscape than is usual with sporting prints. ”
Impression about 1850 on light cardboard under addition of an outer edging. The color effect of the marvelously atmospheric sheet à la Schwerdt: exceptional.
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Full Cry. Three hunters on horseback, one opening a gate and the hounds climbing stile on left. Aquatint printed in color and colored by hand by Reeve after Wolstenholme as before. Inscribed: Painted by Wolstenholme. / Engraved by Reeve. / Fox Hunting Pl. 2. / Published by Reeve. No 7. Vere Street. April 1. 1808. 13⅞ × 17½ in (35.2 × 44.4 cm).
Impression about 1850 on light cardboard under addition of an outer edging. The color effect of the atmospheric sheet à la Schwerdt: exceptional.
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Foxes at the Earth. Before the hole in thick underwood two playing young foxes while the old she-fox only shows her head among the foliage. Chalk lithograph by Eugen Krüger (Altona/Hamburg 1832 – Düsternbrook/Kiel 1876) for Boyes & Geisler in Hamburg. (1861-62.) Inscribed: Gez. u. lith. v. E. Krüger, title in German as before. 10⅛ × 12½ in (25.7 × 31.7 cm).
From the first edition of the 22 sheet set incl. title (The Hunt drawn and lithographed) (Souhart 275; Rump 40) as before. – With the printer’s address “(Printed by lith. Inst. of Chs. Fuchs, Hambg.)”. – On light cardboard. – On the back slightly foxing, on front affecting the white margin only.
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Fox Hunt. In mountainous landscape with big pack on horseback and on foot, with nets, pikes, stakes, and swords. In front a hound gets a fox just while entering the earth. Etching after Antonio Tempesta (Florence 1555 – Rome 1630) by or for Claes Jansz. Visscher de Jonghe (1586 Amsterdam 1652). (1639.) 4¼ × 5½ in (10.7 × 14.1 cm).
Schwerdt II, 251 (“proof impressions”). – On fine, wide-margined laid paper (further sheets of the set available here partly with watermark Amsterdam coat-of-arms flanked on one side by lion).
Highly instructive and also painterly sheet
from the second part of the 32-sheet set of the Aucupationis Multifariæ Effegies Artificiosissimé depictæ et inventæ ab Antonio Tempesta Florentino and here present as with Schwerdt in
early impression before the letter
with just the number “3” in the wide white lower platemark from the collection “EK” not identified by Lugt with its small black round monogram stamp (ligated, Lugt 3549, drawings and prints of the 17th to 19th centuries) as well as erroneous attribution in pencil to Christoffel van Sichem “about 1550 – 1600 / Delft – Augsburg”.
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The Far Rarer One of the Two Fox Traps
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Break Trap set for a Fox. The mighty trap detailed A-K in adequately original ambience. Etching & 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 × 14½ in (24.5 × 36.7 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 87; Ridinger catalog Kielce, 1997, 38 with ill. – Not in the 1999 Ridinger catalog Darmstadt. – Plate 19 of the 30-plate set of the Ways to trap the Wild Animals, that “highly interesting work (containing) beautiful and remarkable sheets … drawn from life” (Nagler). – With 6 lines caption:
“ When one is certified that a fox or badger occupies an earth, which one cannot get by digging out of the same and those laid irons, so this kind of traps is one of the most proven,
its structure shows by itself how they are made and prepared ,
however , the following has to be noted … ”
Splendid , wide-margined impression of this for the practician so constructive and for the landscapist so atmospheric sheet. – Wordmark watermark.
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– – – The same in a fine impression on strong laid paper. – Margins above and on the right 4.6-4.9, on the left and below 1.2-3.3 cm wide with narrow diagonal cut-off of 7 cm in the white margin at the lower left corner.
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– – – Plank Trap for a Fox on the Pit. Etching/engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger as above. (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. sc. et exc. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as before. 9⅞ × 14 in (25 × 35.7 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 86; Schwerdt III, 135, 18 (“A rare set, of importance to those who are interested in the various methods of trapping wild animals”); Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, V.18 with ill. – Sheet 18 of the Ways to trap the Wild Animals, regarded by Halle in Munich in 1928 as the “Rarest of all hunting sets by Ridinger” (LXVIII/323). – Instructive 6-line caption in German. – Warm-toned impression.
“ … in front a living bird has been chained up so that it can flap up. To snatch it the fox has placed himself full length over the board and just it shall topple into the pit ” (Th.).
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– – – The same, but evenly slightly browned and trimmed up to the edge of the subject/caption (sheet size 9¼ × 13½ in [23.5 × 34.3 cm]). Within the text at the lower left corner tiny hole backed acid-freely. In such a manner quite age-marked, however, with mat pictorially acceptable. – In the white field right off the title Cyrillic (?) inscription in bister of old.
Offer no. 16,151 / EUR 190. (c. US$ 230.) + shipping
Riou, Edouard (St.-Servan 1833 – Paris 1900). Le Château du Buron et la Forêt de Toufou. In the upper third the castle of the host, under that ride to a par force hunt and fox hunted by par force. Toned wood engraving by Eduard Ade (first mentioned in 1865). C. 1870. 12⅝ × 8½ in (32 × 21.6 cm). – FINE ITEM . – Small faint tidemark and some mould stains in the wide white margin.
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The one who Brings the Goose
What a Wickedness it is
the Fox commits here !
Reynard the Fox, a goose by the neck, ascending a manorial outside staircase in a wood lined with rocks. Etching & engraving by Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780) after Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Inscribed: XXII. / Ridinger, sculps., otherwise as above and below. 13¼ × 9⅝ in (33.8 × 24.3 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 365; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1877 ( “Rare”, 1885); Reich auf Biehla Collection 109 ( “Rare”, 1894 ); Helbing XXXIV, Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, 880 ( “Very rare“, 1900 ).
Plate XXII of the 46-sheet set To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt ( “The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt 1928) etched exclusively by Martin Elias after predominantly his father’s designs and concluded posthumously in 1779. The set itself “arranged almost throughout so that always two by two harmonize with each other and form pendants, just as they have been sold in pairs, too” (Th.). Here then with plate XXIII, Th. 366, the chamois driven to death by a couple of bearded vultures as just the feathereds’ revenge for Reynard’s outrage here, because
“ He is after innocent birds with cunning tricks .
And so you, o! human, also have distressed your God,
Who by the prey of the animals leads you on his revenge. ”
Irrespective of the shortened inscription “Ridinger” as to be found seldom only the sheet is seen here as worked after his father’s design.
Wide-margined impression originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman with watermark WANGEN as one of Ridinger’s preferred firm laid paper qualities
with the Roman number
(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.). – In the white upper margin still both the two pinholes from the original stitching in numbers, in the upper left corner cut old number in bistre.
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“ No Similarities
with hitherto known Fable Illustrations .
Huge Image Sizes
filled almost entirely by the Rendering
of a Central Aspect of the Tale ”
Cautious Prudence overcomes Malice!
Sly , Cunning , Brazen —
The Fox of the Fable
with Johann Elias Ridinger
Cautious Prudence overcomes Malice! The fox posing as a scholar vainly tries to dupe the cock. This himself in the richly composed poultry yard with, amongst others, peacocks, turkeys, goose from Astrachan, Turkish ducks. Etching and engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger inv. del. sculp. et excud. 1743, otherwise as above in German, Latin, and French. 13¼ × 10⅛ in (33.5 × 25.8 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 765; Metzner-Raabe, Illustr. Fabelbuch, 1998, vol. II (Bodemann), 123.I. – Sheet 1 of the intellectually as optically exceedingly charming “Instructive Fables from the Animal Kingdom for Improvement of the Manners
and especially for Instruction of the Youth ” :
“ For some time the fox had to dispense with all prey for the vigilance of men and dogs were in his way. His ravenous hunger and dainty gullet raised a lust for winged game in him, and his cunning gave him means to beguile those who knew his malice, and therefore were afraid of him and careful. He intended to take advantage of their frailty … The fox came the other day, in disguise … ”
Without the numbering upper right, which is widely unknown, but appears later. – Figurative watermark. – Lying loosely on bluish-grey laid paper of the early 18th century watermarked SICKTE (the von Veltheim paper mill there) along with a C, open to the left, under crown with cross and orb on which it was mounted in the second half of the 19th century. – With a white platemark of about 5 mm mostly trimmed to its edge. Quite isolated minimal brown spots, small tear upper left in the white platemark.
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The Vengeance of a Lowly on a Mighty is pernicious (or, so in the new edition of 1825, Powerless rage destroys itself, corresponding with the Chinese wisdom “If the domination of the great becomes oppressive time has come to hold still, and the direct way would not be the shortest one”). Travelling through Europe on an educational trip an elephant inadvertently hurt a pert little fox whereupon its whole tribe considered to punish the colossus. But shortly “the army was pulverized”. Etching & engraving as before. (1744.) I Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger inv. sculp. et excud., otherwise as above in German, French, and Latin. 13¼ × 9⅞ in (33.6 × 25.1 cm).
“ The elephant did a travel to Europe to become acquainted with the traditions there … and had the misfortune to tread off the tail of a young fox who was, by forwardness to look at him, coming too close to him. The fox … set up a great shout and called to his folks to revenge this shame and insult, which this foreigner had done to him. All came to terms about this … It did not want of artfulness and rage, but, nevertheless, it went off badly. Some the elephant trampled to death, others he took up with his trunk and threw them into the height … This went so to heart of an old fox that he began to shout at the top of his voice: Oh tyrannical manifestation! No, the elephant said, on such a revenge such a deserts follows.”
Splendid early impression. – Without the numbering above right unknown in general, but appearing later. – Lying loosely on bluish-grey paper of the early 18th century watermarked SICKTE along with a C, open to the left, under a crown of a prince (Von Veltheim paper mill at Sickte, Lower Saxony) on which it was mounted in the second half of the 19th century. – Above mostly trimmed on platemark, otherwise throughout with a little margin additionally to the fine white platemark itself. – Brown stipples in the left ear of the elephant.
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Splendour and Grandeur makes no one Brighter. A monkey poses as the throneworthy and stag, horse, billy-goat, bear, wolf, hare, Ridinger-hound, and other honest mammals are content with it. But the cunning fox lets the tom-cat become the seducer and the monkey “quite ridiculous to all”. Etching and engraving as before. (1744.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et exc. Aug. Vind., title in German-Latin-French as above. 13⅜ × 10⅛ in (34 × 25.6 cm).
“ A monkey found a royal throne standing vacant … Thus he stepped closer, put on the royal clothes, put on the crown, took the scepter, and affected with grave miens and majestic expression to represent a king … The sly fox realized the matter, therefore he advised to present the king with nuts, grapes and other fruits … When the Monkey King saw this present he leaped off the throne and flew at the fruits … so that he forgot crown and scepter over it. The fox when he saw this … cried; see brothers: His Majesty! ”
Superb early impression still without the number upper right which not became known to Thienemann, Weigel, Helbing, Schwarz, but appears later. – Traces of the stitching of binding in the slightly torn left paper margin. A tear touching the title repaired acid-freely. – “A very well done plate” (Th.).
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The Extraordinarily Rare
First Supplemental Plate
Innocence is often saved through the Hatred of the Evil. An owl once cheated by the fox warns “a flock of wild geese” to praise the death of Reynard the Fox as guaranteed. Etching & engraving as before, but by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). After 1767. Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger. inv. et del. / M. El. Ridinger. sc. et exc: A. V., otherwise in German, Latin, and French as before. 13¼ × 9¾ in (33.6 × 24.7 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 781. – Small figurative watermark. – Additionally to the fine white platemark with also wide paper margin on two sides. In the narrower left one old traces of stitching. – Sheet 17 of the Instructive Fables from the Animal Kingdom:
“ Some wild geese marched in their manner in a file to the pasture. A sly fox, whom lucky experience had made cunning, watched them to catch some. However, as guileful he was, as careful were the geese … That annoyed the fox, that a silly goose should foil his slyness; hence he bethought himself of a devilry, to beguile them … An owl saw this … Well, she thought, this is a neat occasion to avenge myself upon this robber. When now the silly geese marched along … the owl sitting close by called out to them: Friends! be on your guard, he is not serious … ”
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“ The Wild Duck is for a Grandseigneur
not just for Amusement.
The Fox chases for it with Pleasure , too … ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Wild Ducks, stalked by Wildcats and Foxes. 2 sheet. Etchings with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: Johann El. Ridinger inv. et del. 1762. / Martin El. Ridinger sculps. 1770. Aug. Vind. 14⅜ × 10½-10⅝ in (36.4-36.6 × 26.8-26.9 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 389-390; Weigel XXVIII, 22, A (of A-B); Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1889/90 ( “Very rare”, thereof the latter “Without platemark, mounted”, 1885! ); Coppenrath Collection 1547 ( “Rare sheets”, 1889/90! ); Reich auf Biehla Collection 130 ( “Rare”, 1894! ); Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger), 906 ( “Small set of 2 sheet” , available in just one copy, 1900 ); Schwerdt III, 140, b; Nagler 64.
Cf. the drawings in reverse previously in the collection W. P. Knowles, Rotterdam and Wiesbaden (Lugt 2643), in Augsburg, Ridinger Exhibition Catalog 1967, nos. 72 f. and Biedermann, Meisterzeichnungen des deutschen Barock, 1987, nos. 164 f. with full-page illustrations. There both the two copper printing plates, too, previously in Ridinger Catalog Niemeyer, 1998, no. 52 with color ills.
extraordinarily charming pendants
have to be hunted down by collectors with patience .
For they belong to the little which was still missing in the Ridinger collection of Counts Faber-Castell, uniting almost the complete Thienemann stock and dissolved in 1958.
Uniformly rich impressions originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman on firm laid paper as one of Ridinger’s preferred qualities
of splendidly warm-toned chiaroscuro .
Margins above & below 4.8-5.1 cm, laterally 2.3-3.7 cm wide. In each the white upper margin still both the two pinholes from the original stitching in numbers.
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A Fox Hunt
for Ridinger’s Early Publisher
Fox Hunting. At picture-dominating mighty oak of a forest with Flemish vistas leading differentiatedly into the depth the fox finds himself at bay by two hounds. Rushing to the scene from the right hunter with boar pike blowing the horn. Engraving for Jeremias Wolff (1663 [1673?] – 1724) in Augsburg. Inscribed: Jeremias Wolff Excud. Aug. Vind. 6¾ × 10 in (17 × 25.5 cm).
VERY RARE SHEET with doubts with regard to the engraver: “If some (Nagler: many) of the engravings bearing just W.’s address (‘Jer. Wolff exc.’) are by him himself cannot be decided”. Supposedly originally clockmaker he was both engraver and dealer and important art publisher up to maps “for whom the best engravers of his time worked” (all Thieme-Becker). So then also the completely exceedingly rare, here however already traded hunting set Th. 9-12 from 1723, not yet engraved by Ridinger himself, was published by him. – With margins of 3-8 mm and mounted by old on grey-blue laid paper. – Almost only in the upper margin foxed and in the left incl. of the platemark watermarked, both rather feeble, in the subject itself only quite isolated negligible spot-like touch.
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Again and again :
The Brawl about the Fox
Two huntsmen attacking each other with horse-whip and fists in a quarrel over the dead fox also claimed by the two hounds – though they in faithful community. The animals in natural shape, the huntsmen as humanly dressed apes. Etching by Thomas Landseer (1795 London 1880). (1827-28.) Inscribed: Proof., otherwise as below. 197⅞ × 6½ in (19.9 × 16.5 cm)
Fine proof on especially wide-margined heavy paper
with the Somervile verse from The Chase:
“ Faithful to the track, th’unerring hounds
With peals of echoing vengeance close pursue.
Thou villain there / Expect the fate deserved! ”
From the famous set of the Monkeyana , one of Landseer’s but few early and thus typical works. Worked since 1827 the 25 etchings incl. title were published in numbers and with classical captions at Moon, Boys & Graves in London till 1828 (The English Catalogue of Books: January to December) in three editions: standard edition in quarto, edition on larger paper in large quarto, edition with proofs in large quarto, too. Besides copies on mounted China.
Offer no. 5,377 / EUR 240. (c. US$ 290.) + shipping
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