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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Confirming of the Noble Stag

“ … pay painstaking attention to the trace ”

Ridinger makes Expert Stag Hunters

A Classic Instruction Motif of Hunting as an Absolute Unicum

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Confirming of the Noble Stag with the Leader. While in front three hunters still discuss the trace and instruct their two hounds a fourth one already lets his one follow the royal stag standing in the wood at long lead. Copper printing plate in reverse. (1729.) Inscribed: Ioh. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sc. et exc. A. V. / avec priv. de sa M. Imp. 12 × 9¼ in (30.5 × 23.4 cm).

The optically excellently preserved original printing plate to one of the eight smaller-sized sheets (Thienemann & Schwarz 16; Stubbe, 1966, plate 3; Blüchel, Die Jagd, 1996, vol. II, p. 80) of the instructive educational set of the Princes’ Hunting Pleasure worked in etching with engraving as the earliest one of the great hunting sets of the œuvre now executed in copper by Ridinger himself in the reddish golden brilliance of its 292 years old copper here traced back far beyond Thieme-Becker (vol. XXVIII, 1933, p. 308) & Thienemann (1856, p. XXIII) seamlessly directly to the master’s estate itself. But so a worldwide unique collector’s object of degree, too.

Thematically, however, belonging to the hunt-didactic works of Ridinger’s, his effort to pass on to all, from the apprentice upwards, the sportsmanlike equipment a good hunter needs. Correspondingly then the rich – in reverse here of course – caption, parallel in German & French:

“ The hunter so he wants to confirm a noble stag shall start early in the morning and go to the forest with his leader, keeping the latter on the short or long lead each according to the situation and letting run it before himself. If the scent is fresh or not a well versed hunter will know by his leader. Then pay painstaking attention on the trace and all the marks left behind. So he then notices that the hound draws strongly and fierily so he shall track the noble stag and pay careful attention on the droppings, too, if it is still fresh and what he has grazed. So he finds a 2nd or 3rd trace he shall prove which will be the most interesting and if the stag is fit for hunting. But

above all he must well understand his leader and trust it more than the wind

and take care that the leader holds the nose on the scent, otherwise it’s a great fault.

La Quéte du Cerf

Le Veneur, ayant frotté avec du bon vinaigre le naseaux de on limier, pour lui aiguiser l’odorat, entre dans les bois de bon matin, la rosée en etant presque abbattüe, tenant devant lui son Chien attaché `a une longe, pour le retenier en ses grandes ardeurs et l’empecher de sortir hors de voyes et de tomber en defaut: Ayant rencontre d’un Cerf, il prendra garde, s’il va de bon tems, de quoi s’etant asseure, il tache de le rendre au couvert et de le rembucher. ”

“ … the setting up and design of the hunt (however)

belonged to the artistic tasks of the 18th century ”

(so in a 1991 exhibition catalog of the Hamburger Kunsthalle commenting on a Ridinger exhibit).

The hunt in the age of Ridinger thus art-historically no longer understood separately on its own, separate thus also not Ridinger himself as its mere protagonist, but seen as standing in closest context with the century as a whole. Thereby, however, its undisputed Grand Master no longer stands for simply the hunt, but just for a whole epoch. With all the challenge for research which inevitably results from this. And also results from it as at the same place

“ the engraved , etched , and mezzotint work of Ridinger

is compared as peer

to the major graphic works of the 18th century . ”

That is, verbatim:

“ As Piranesi addressed those interested in the ancient, Hogarth the civic common sense by their works (likewise) annotated by engraved explications, Ridinger doubtless had the interest of the courts and the nobility on his side . ”

Shielded from tarnishing by fine application of varnish, the plate is generally printable in the ordinary course of its use through the times, however, it is offered and sold as a work of art and a collector’s item, thus without prejudice to its eventual printing quality. Shortly,

a conceivably classic motif of the hunt as a worldwide unique absolutum .

Proposed to you with the recommendation of a timeless-elegantly frameless hanging (fittings included) for that you will experience the reflection of the respective light to the fullest.

Offer no. 14,994 | price on application