Johann Elias Ridinger, Snub-eared Main Boar

The “ Snub-Eared Main Boar ”
and His Packer

Without Doubt One of the Optically Loveliest Ones of the Master’s Etchings

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 High Princely Serenity 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.). Copper printing plate in reverse. Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger del. sculps. et excud. A. V. 1753., otherwise in German as before. 13¾ × 9⅞ in (34.9 × 25.2 cm).


(Fine Hunting Bag — Pictures of Hunting)

Dr. Hanns Simon Foundation Bitburg

January 13 – March 3, 2013


Catalog Book to the Exhibition

pages 8 & 149/I

The optically excellently preserved

original printing plate

to sheet 58 (etching with engraving, Thienemann & Schwarz 300; Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, VI.3, ills.; Siebert-Weitz, Ridinger, 1999, pp. 28 f. with ills.) of the 101-sheet set Representation of the Most Wondrous Deer and Other Animals published since 1735 at the latest

in the reddish golden brilliance of its 267 years old copper

here traced back far beyond Thieme-Becker (vol. XXVIII, 1933, p. 308) seamlessly directly to the master’s estate itself. And therewith correcting Thienemann (1856) who deemed the plates of the Most Wondrous lost. But so a worldwide unique collector’s object of degree, too. For

“ Preserved original printing plates
from the 18th century
are a great rarity ”

(Stefan Morét in Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, pp. 62 f. See also the printing plates there I.13, I.8 & I.11, color ill. 6 & b/w ills. pp. 63 f.) acquired here.

To the same effect then already before Bernadette Schöller in Der Kölner Graphikmarkt zur Zeit Wenzel Hollars within Wenzel Hollar – Die Kölner Jahre ed. by Werner Schäfke, Cologne 1992, p. 19:

“ The copper plates

which by virtue of both their raw material value and the hours of work invested therein

enjoyed a far greater esteem

than for instance a drawing handled all too frequently disrespectfully … ”

Analogously then here on occasion of the re-appearance of parts of the so-called Thieme-Becker Block of Ridinger’s printing plates “One of the most sensational discoveries in art history … Ridinger’s original printing (sic!!!) plates”. That present one

has been worked by the master himself alone

should be mentioned expressly. Just as documented by inscription. – The original number “58” restored again on occasion of a later 19th century edition after it had been changed for a separate set in the mid-twenties.

Above the dead boar depicted in the hunting book of Louis VIII the guarding packer sits (distinctly visible the cut ears as typical), “an able bulldog” (Th.), melancholy about the end of this so brave bristly fellow. This idyll then not affected by the crying of the wounded lateral male dog. One barely notes the disturber.

“ The (packer) wears a somewhat mysterious muzzle. The deformed teeth of the boar, the cut ears, and the stump tail are clearly visible ”

(S.-Weitz pp. 28 & 30).

“ Contrary to most other hunting successes of Louis VIII published by Ridinger there has not been preserved any further evidence to this sheet of the series in the Kranichstein collection ”


Adducible, however, the pen-and-ink drawing “A Dead Wild Boar, on which the gun lies, next to it on the earthen rise a sitting hound leashed to one of the trunks, who guards it” as lot 99 of “Johann Elias Ridinger’s Art Estate in Drawings” within Weigel’s catalog of drawings of 1869. Here, however, without gun and the dog sitting freely. To the right of the tusker boar-finder giving mouth from below the underbrush.

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,

an extremely gratifying , 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. 15,009 | price on application