The  “ Snub-Eared  Main  Boar ”

and  its  Packer

Doubtless  one  of  the  optically  most  lovely  ones

among  the  master’s  etchings

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Snub=Eared Main Boar with Cropped Tail which on the left had the large Tusk broken off and on the right the Tusks grown crosswise His Princely Highness the ruling Landgrave Louis (VIII) of Hesse-Darmstadt has cropped the ears with high hand himself 12. years ago and in the 1749th year January 18 wounded in the Forest of Bessum (south of Darmstadt) and ditto 30th even shot in the All Saints Forest (north of D.). Etching with engraving. Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger del. sculps. et excud. A. V. 1753., otherwise in German as before. 13¾ × 9⅞ in (34.9 × 25.2 cm).

Sheet 58 (Thienemann + Schwarz 300; Ridinger Catalogue Darmstadt, 1999, VI.4 with ills.; Siebert-Weitz, Ridinger, 1999, pp. 30 f. with ills.) of the set Representation of the Most Wondrous Deer and other Animals.

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 reached by the crying of the wounded lateral male dog. One barely notes the disturber.

Thematic  pendant

to the Dead Stag guarded by the Leader Th. 299 and equally rounded off at the top (illustrations Catalogue Darmstadt VI.3 + Siebert-Weitz p. 29),

“ with  which  (it)  belongs  together  within  the  set ”.

Just as Ridinger also dedicated his most famous works, the imperial pendants Th 67/68 to the stag-boar-relation.

“ The (packer) bears 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 ”


Quotable, however, the pen-and-ink drawing “A Dead Wild Boar on which a gun lies, besides on the earth raising a sitting hound, leaning to one of the trunks, who guards it” as lot 99 of “Johann Elias Ridinger’s Art Estate in Drawings” within Weigel’s catalogue 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.

Ref. no. 15,009 / in stock – not cataloged / request description & offer